But the First Breath Program, offered by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF) and administered through prenatal care providers, is helping pregnant women successfully quit smoking. And it recently reached a milestone: Since 2001, 10,000 pregnant women have participated in First Breath with a conservatively estimated quit rate of 35%. This means that 3,500 pregnant women in Wisconsin have quit smoking as a result of the First Breath Program, resulting in healthier moms, healthier babies, and lower health costs to the state. Check out a news story printed last week in the Wisconsin Dells Events.
- First Breath saves $3.00 in healthcare costs for every $1.00 it spends.
- Since 2001, First Breath has saved almost $3 million in just neonatal health costs.
- If First Breath succeeds in preventing just two very low birth-weight premature babies each year, those costs savings to Wisconsin Medicaid (approximately $400,000) far exceed the total annual cost of the First Breath Program.
Locally, Beth TenPas, PHN for the Sheboygan County Health Department, was honored at a recent First Breath Conference for her work in enrolling over 250 participants into the First Breath Program. Way to go Beth!
For more information about First Breath, visit http://www.wwhf.org/, click Programs.