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Lived experiences of young pregnant women who smoke.

Johnson, F., Hewitt-Taylor, J. and Norton, E. A., 2019. Lived experiences of young pregnant women who smoke. British Journal of Midwifery, 27 (7), 427 - 433.

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DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2019.27.7.427


Background Smoking tobacco during pregnancy can lead to adverse pregnancy and child health outcomes. Aim To gain insight of smoking during pregnancy from young pregnant women’s lived experience. Method A descriptive phenomenological approach was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five women aged 18-20 years who had smoked tobacco during pregnancy. Findings Themes that emerged from the data were related to culture and routine, psychological wellbeing, self-efficacy, public opinion, recognition of harm, whom they spoke to about smoking, and the approaches that helped behaviour change. Conclusions Midwives were seen as the trusted health professional by the young women and a non-judgemental approach was valued to promote self-efficacy. Smoking cessation services were not recognised as beneficial, and cutting down, rather than using nicotine replacement therapy or e-cigarettes, was preferred.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32697
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:02 Sep 2019 13:23
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:17


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