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6/23/2015 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 6/23/2015 2:37:57 PM CENTRAL
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PCMH Receives Grant for BABY & ME - Tobacco Free Program

Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) has received a grant of $26,000 from the March of Dimes to implement the BABY & ME- Tobacco Free smoking cessation program. This program helps reduce the harmful effects of tobacco on women who are pregnant and post-partum, and is already being conducted in nine other states. The program will begin following training for facilitators in July.


According to the March of Dimes, babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are at an increased risk for low birth weight, premature birth, and birth defects such as a cleft lip or palate. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, and respiratory problems such as asthma and pneumonia.


The BABY & ME- Tobacco Free program uses a unique approach by combining cessation support, offering practical incentives, targeting low-income women, and monitoring success.


Women who are in the care of a physician at Perry County Women’s Care, are currently pregnant, and smoke may be referred to the program. Perry County Women’s Care, in combination with Perry County Memorial Hospital, will hold four prenatal cessation sessions, which will only take approximately 10 minutes each, as well as, provide cessation support, and conduct carbon monoxide tests.


Following the birth of the child, monthly carbon monoxide testing will continue.  If the woman is successfully smoke-free, she will receive a $25 voucher for diapers each month for up to 12 months. This voucher may be used for any brand or size of diapers at Walmart and/or other participating stores. 


Bev Koenig, OB Nurse Manager at PCMH expressed how thrilled they are to receive this grant.  “The BABY & ME program has displayed excellent results due to the approach, process, and incentives.  We can’t wait to implement it and start seeing results because our main goal is to help mothers give their babies a healthy start to life.”


According to research completed on the program by the New York State Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program from 2006-2009, there was a 60 percent or greater quit rate of the women who were enrolled in the program when measured at six months post-partum. Additionally, Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation in Colorado was able to distribute over 7,000 diaper vouchers from 2008-2011.


For more information, contact Beverly Koenig, OB Nurse Manager at PCMH by calling 573-547-2536.


Perry County Health System, dba Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, critical access hospital located in Perryville, Missouri.  Perry County Health System includes Perry County Memorial Hospital, the physician practices found on the PCMH Campus, PFCC West, Perry County Dialysis, PCMH Counseling Center, the Perry County Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service, Prescriptions Plus Pharmacy, and more.  The organization is committed to providing quality healthcare to the community, just minutes from home.