Meet our Pregnancy Advisers
Kelly is a specialist pregnancy adviser for the Medway Stop
Smoking Service and has worked with the service for two and a half
She works within the community on a 1:1 basis to help pregnant
ladies stop smoking.
'I enjoy being able to help people and to help make a
difference to a woman’s health during this special time in their
Kelly offers a friendly, non-judgemental service
to women who may be scared to admit they are still smoking during
their pregnancy and uses a combination of tailored support and
nicotine replacement therapy to help you achieve your goal.
“I have worked for Medway Stop Smoking Service for just
under a year. I currently run a pilot project which provides a home
visit service to pregnant clients and their family members
who want some support to give up smoking.
I am very passionate about health, and enjoy being able to help
The best part about the job is being able to help someone
quit smoking when they really didn’t think they would be able to do
it, and they have genuinely surprised themselves.”
Maria is a Specialist Pregnancy Stop Smoking Advisor at Medway
Stop Smoking Service where she helps local pregnant smokers on a
She qualified as a Midwife and then accepted a position as a
Health Improvement Practitioner for Pregnancy in 2014.
On her motivations for her work, Maria comments “I love my job!
I enjoy helping families understand some of the effects of smoking
during their pregnancy, and helping them to make a positive life
change. Many of the ladies I see have smoked for many years, and
have never considered giving up.
Here’s Maria’s top tip for quitting:
“Remind yourself every day why you have chosen to give up smoking.
Change your routine: instead of getting up and having a cuppa, jump
straight in the shower. You might even find it useful to take up a
new hobby, or re-visit an old one. Giving up smoking is a great
time to treat yourself. I always tell my ladies to put all the
money they would normally spend on cigarettes in a jar. You’ll be
amazed how much money you’ve saved by the end of your pregnancy-
one of my ladies even bought her baby’s pram with the money she