1 in 5 East Lancs women smoke in pregnancy
Recent research showed that 1 in 5 women in East Lancashire smoke during pregnancy.
In accordance with figured from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the region is doing worse than the national average of 13 % – or 1 in 8 future mums – at 19 % for Blackburn with Darwen, and 21 % for the rest of East Lancashire.
Numbers for Blackburn with Darwen have decreased by 1% in comparison with those of 2009/10, and in East Lancashire they have remained unchanged.
Women, who smoke during pregnancy, are more likely to born babies prematurely and with smaller birth weight. As well, babies are twice more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome, and are more often ill.
A NHS East Lancashire’s spokesperson said that a quantity of actions have been done to support pregnant women to give up smoking.
The spokesperson said that one of these actions is an automatic referral of pregnant smoking woman discovered at their routine dating scan to provide they have accomplished recommendation and maintenance to quit smoking habit in the course of the stages of their pregnancy.
“Midwives as well suggest a routine carbon monoxide check to the future mother at this scan. The presence of carbon monoxide in the body is as a rule associated with smoking or passive smoke and it is a very good reason to support women in quitting smoking.
“There are woman who deny this referral, but they are still encouraged and advised of the deleterious actions throughout their pregnancy.”
Yesterday nobody from Blackburn with Darwen PCT was at a disposal to comment.
Breakdowns also demonstrate an individual north-south divide. The North West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) average figure was 17 %, in comparison with 6% in the London SHA.
There are the highest percentage of smoking women at the time of delivery in Blackpool PCT. It is 29.7 per cent. Four others – Middlesbrough, North East Lincolnshire, Redcar and South Tyneside, had figures above 25 per cent.
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