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Best Practice Champions for Smoke-free Pregnancies Workshop, RNAO

Toronto, Ontario
February 18, 2015

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, 14 Saint Matthews Road

RNAO is excited about our smoking cessation workshop series focused on the specialized population of pre and postnatal women and their families. This workshop has been developed to enhance knowledge and skill fur nurses and other health care providers in primary care settings where pregnant and postpartum women who identify as tobacco dependent access care. The last workshop will be hosted by the South Eastern Toronto Family Health Team at no cost to participants with funding provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


Curriculum will focus on knowledge and skill enhancement. Using a woman-centered lens we will examine personal attitudes and judgments regarding mothers who smoke to increase awareness and reduce stigma. In addition, we will practice motivational interviewing techniques using scripted dialogue and case scenarios, discuss how an interdisciplinary team approach can be used for this specialized population and learn more about counselling pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on the safety and risks associated with nicotine replacement therapy and cessation medications.

Participants will receive a number of new RNAO resources including a wallet card on smoking cessation with evidence-based content provided by RNAO, Motherisk and Smokers' Helpline. Additionally RNAO "Quit Kits" will be provided for participants' clients.

The workshops will be co-facilitated by an expert in smoking cessation. Claire Gignac is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist – Master from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Claire currently works at Health Sciences North in Sudbury as the Corporate Tobacco Specialist and as a Clinical Educator where she supports and educates clinicians, staff and physicians in tobacco cessation education including in obstetrics.

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