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Best Start is an Ontario program with a resource centre that supports service providers to implement health promotion programs for expectant and new parents. There are many resources related to smoking available from Best Start including brochures and posters on topics including Aboriginal health, breastfeeding, nutrition and many more.
The Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario plans and delivers maternal-child services with the aim of promoting lifelong health. BORN offers information to service providers to address care gaps, conducts evaluation and planning, supports research and innovation and mobilizes information and expertise.
For the first time ever, Canada has one national set of low-risk drinking guidelines, with the support of federal, provincial and territorial health ministers, as well as many respected Canadian organizations. Intended for Canadians of legal drinking age who choose to drink alcohol, are informed by the most recent and best available scientific research and evidence.
Expecting to Quit is a website for both women and health care providers. Available for download on the website is a recent best practices review that examines smoking cessation interventions in pregnant women, recent emerging research and practices and a discussion on high-risk populations. The site also includes recommendations on how to change your practices to better serve those who are pregnant and postpartum, and many tools and resources to share with women.
Ignite Innovation is a project that brings together community women, service providers, and policy makers toward developing responsive, inclusive, non-judgmental, non-stigmatizing quit smoking programs for pregnant and recently pregnant women across Ontario. The purpose of this site is to encourage visitors to learn about innovative, community-driven approaches to smoking cessation among pregnant and recently pregnant women.
INWAT is a network of over 1800 women in 100 different countries working in tobacco control and dedicated to the reduction and elimination of tobacco use and exposure among women and young girls. INWAT promotes female leadership, connects women working in tobacco control, shares information and strategies, supports program development, holds conferences and collaborates on publications.
This is a toolkit for service providers who work with women smokers who experience depression and find it difficult to reduce or quit smoking. The kit suggests strategies to support women to understand the connections between smoking and depression, provide theoretical frameworks for effective intervention, and suggest promising practices for supporting women who experience depression to cut down on or quit smoking.
A virtual continuing education program, dealing with smoking cessation for pregnancy and beyond.
The primary objective of these guidelines is to reduce tobacco use and second hand exposure in pregnant women by producing evidence-based recommendations to health care providers and other service related providers.
These webinars are often focused on smoking and supporting clients
Relevant Academic Literature
Nicotine Replacement Therapy & Pregnancy
Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy
Hyland, A, et al Associations of lifetime active and passive smoking with spontaneous abortion, stillbirth and tubal ectopic pregnancy: a cross-sectional analysis of historical data from the Women's Health Initiative Tob Control 2014
Merrill MA et al The impact of prenatal parental tobacco smoking on risk of diabetes mellitus in middle-aged women. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2015; doi:10.1017/S2040174415000045
Weitzman, M. et al. Maternal Prenatal Smoking and Hearing Loss Among Adolescents JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(7):669-677. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.3294.
Gilbert, N. L., Nelson, C. R., & Greaves, L. Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy and Relapse After Childbirth in Canada. J Obstet Gynaelcol Can, 2015 (January), 37 (1), 32-39.
Second Hand Smoke and Pregnancy/Childhood Exposure
Elmasry H, Goodwin R, Terry MB, and Tehranifar P. Early Life Exposure to Cigarette Smoke and Depressive Symptoms Among Women in Midlife Nicotine Tob Res 2014 : ntu070v1-ntu070.
Hawkins S, Baum CF, Oken E, Gillman MW. Associations of Tobacco Control Policies With Birth Outcomes. JAMA Pediatr.2014;168(11):e142365. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.2365.
Aiding Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy
Nutrition During Pregnancy