Launch of The Maternity Brief Advice Toolkit


Alcohol and You in partnership with Smoke Free Wombs have launched The Maternity Brief Advice Toolkit.


Alcohol and You have been holding some training sessions with Maternity staff to highlight the toolkit alongside Cathy Bell and Lisa Harper from "Smoke Free Wombs" who are currently training as Midwives to carry out Carbon Monoxide readings on all pregnant women. Training sessions were held recently in the Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit.

Many women feel pride, satisfaction and achievement when they are holding their baby for the first time because they made healthy choices for the sake of themselves and their baby.

Some research findings show that babies born to women who use alcohol, illegal drugs and/or tobacco when they are pregnant may have brain structure changes that persist into early adolescence.

This may not be an issue for many women as they have already have made healthy changes prior to becoming pregnant or at the sight of a positive pregnancy test.

This Brief Advice Toolkit was developed because some women may be undecided or need support to make those changes. We want this information to empower them to make those choices.

To have a look and find out more visit:

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Pictured Left to Right:  Lisa Harper (Health Improvement Midwife), Paula Irvine (Team Leader/ Community Midwife), Sian Mulhollan (Student Midwife), Ruth McCahon (Community Midwife) and Jacqui Henning (Alcohol and You Co-ordinator)