An intervention to support postpartum women to quit smoking or remain smoke-free

Jochen René Thyrian, Wolfgang Hannöver, Julia Grempler, Kathrin Röske, Ulrich John, Ulfert Hapke
Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health 2006, 51 (1): 45-50
Effectiveness studies among pregnant and postpartum women indicate that pregnancy and the postpartum period provide a window of opportunity to promote smoking cessation and smoke-free families. Yet, there is a lack of information about interventions that are portable to routine care. The goal of this article is to describe the structure, basic strategies, and the application of a smoking cessation and relapse prevention intervention for postpartum women in the general population. By using the stages of change concept and motivational interviewing, a classification of current and former smokers is given, and basic strategies and techniques are described to counsel women postpartum with regard to smoking.

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