Research has found that about two-thirds of the moms enrolled in the program nationally quit smoking. The state has identified the BABY & ME — Tobacco Free Program™ as a way to decrease Indiana’s high infant mortality rate.
Tobacco use during pregnancy can cause birth defects, preterm labor, low birth weights and sudden infant death syndrome.
“Anytime you can get a mother to not do harmful things during the pregnancy, you’re going to increase the risk you’ll have a successful outcome in the pregnancy and fewer risk factors that can lead to infant mortality in the child,” said Dr. Janet Seabrook, executive director of Community HealthNet. The federally funded health center has locations in Gary, Hammond and Merrillville.