News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Waikato Taking Action on Maternal Smoking

Waikato Taking Action on Maternal Smoking


New Zealand’s high rate of smoking during pregnancy is a public health emergency, says Waikato District Health Board public health physician Nina Scott.

The figures don’t paint a pretty picture with almost one in five Waikato mothers smoking during pregnancy and two in five pregnant Maori women (41 per cent) smoking.

Being pregnant hardly reduces the smoking rate, with only a current two per cent decrease in smoking rates during pregnancy.

Dr Scott, who works with Waikato DHB’s Maori Health service Te Puna Oranga, says the time has come to knuckle down on maternal smoking.

And that all began at the Health Excellence Wananga hosted by Waikato DHB at Turangawaewae Marae last week, with the signing of a call to action on maternal smoking by about 100 conference attendees.

"Turangawaewae was established to raise health standards for our people. I support this call to action for its potential to do that,” said Turangawaewae Marae Trust chairman Pokaia Nepia.

“A Smokefree pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy pregnancy and baby."

Dr Scott, of Waikato, Ngati Whatua descent, said the call to action represents a strong commitment to reducing the harm caused by tobacco during pregnancy by people of the Waikato.

“Signatories represented those who are charged with supporting pregnant women and their babies to have the best possible outcomes and included leaders from key organisations such as Waikato DHB, primary health organisations and well child providers.

“Others, such as midwives, general practitioners, smoking cessation workers and obstetricians who are responsible for the care of pregnant women were also invited to sign the call to action, as was anyone who has an interest in achieving the Smokefree Vision 2025 goal of a 95 per cent Smokefree New Zealand by the year 2025.”

Waikato’s Smokefree Pregnancy Leadership Team member Heather Sears, also a midwife, said women and their families need better support to help them quit smoking.

“Health professionals need to provide support in a consistent and high quality way,” she said.

“Evidence shows that ectopic pregnancy, increase in maternal heart rate and blood pressure, spontaneous abortion, placental insufficiency, low birth weight babies, preterm delivery, Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy, childhood respiratory disease and retarded brain development including Attention Deficit Disorder are linked to smoking during pregnancy.”

“The ultimate goal is to reduce the poor health outcomes experienced by women and infants due to exposure to tobacco,” said Dr Scott.

“Looking after women and infants with poor outcomes due to smoking puts pressure on families, communities and healthcare services.”

Women who smoke during pregnancy are typically highly tobacco dependent, and live with others who smoke. While informing them of the risks of smoking during pregnancy is important, this on its own is unlikely to lead to a Smokefree pregnancy.

“More action is needed to prioritise action to support pregnant women who smoke to become Smokefree.

“This should include providing women with nicotine replacement therapy and support through referral to smoking cessation services. Well organised, high quality, equitable health care is needed in the area of smoking cessation.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news