July 15, 2016: In spite of the well-established negative health implications of tobacco smoking during pregnancy on mother and unborn child, 15.4% of pregnant women report smoking in the past month. Approximately one-third of women who smoke prior to pregnancy quit spontaneously during pregnancy, but up to 60% relapse within the first six months postpartum. This presentation will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current smoking cessation interventions offered during pregnancy and the need for continuing care postpartum.

Dr. Coleman-Cowger is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal Research Scientist with Battelle’s Public Health Center for Tobacco Research in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests are in women’s health, substance use, mental health, and health disparities. She has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds faculty appointments at the University of Maryland Baltimore and American University, and maintains a collaborative relationship with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).