Smoking cessation counselling in maternity care in the Netherlands
The Dutch government is working hard to make smoking something of the past. One of the goals of the National Prevention Agreement is that all women will refrain from smoking during pregnancy by 2040. The government’s objective for 2020 is that the percentage of pregnant women who smoke will have decreased from 9% (in 2016) to less than 5% in 2020.
The maternity care system plays an important role in motivating and supporting pregnant women to quit smoking.
This infosheet provides information about the provision and delivery of pre- and postnatal care in the Netherlands and how smoking cessation support is organized as part of this care.