Exploring the experiences, perceptions and attitudes of midwives in supporting women to quit smoking during pregnancy in the South West of England
Elaine Watson is manager of the local stop smoking service at NHS Gloucestershire. She has completed her MSc in public health, and this study was undertaken as part of the final dissertation.
Elaine Watson Service Manager, Gloucestershire NHS Stop Smoking Service
This presentation will explore the findings from a study examining the experiences of midwives in supporting women to quit smoking during pregnancy including the referral process to local NHS Stop Smoking Services.
The study examined the facilitators and barriers that midwives experienced in supporting women to undertake a successful quit attempt and the various components of service provision which enable midwives to provide effective smoking cessation interventions.
The research was carried out in three areas in the South West of England and is part of a continuing larger study which compares the elements of provision which enable pregnant women to quit smoking and the experiences of these women receiving NHS Stop Smoking support in each of these areas.
Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with midwives. It is hoped that this study will provide useful qualitative data will provide information which can be used to improve ongoing referrals and smoking cessation interventions undertaken by midwives and inform future training provision to midwives.