BabyBreathe Trial

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    BabyBreathe Trial: A randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention to prevent return to smoking postpartum



  • Contact name

    Caitlin Notley

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    University of East Anglia

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  • Duration of Study in the UK

    3 years, 2 months, 31 days

  • Research summary

    BabyBreathe aims to provide pre and postnatal support for women who have stopped smoking in pregnancy and wish to remain smoke free after giving birth. This support will come from health visitors, tailored experiences through online, app and text messages as well as support to use alternatives to smoking or e-cigarettes as ways to remain smoke free.

    As part of the BabyBreathe trial women who have recently quit smoking will be identified through their routine pregnancy appointments across four areas of the UK (Norfolk, London, Scotland, Newcastle). If they agree to be part of the trial, they will then be put into one of two groups, receiving the support of BabyBreathe, or usual care, with the same chance of being in either group.

    We will measure how many women receiving the BabyBreathe support package are smoke free at 12 months following the birth of their baby compared to those not receiving support. We will assess the value for money of the package of support. We will also look into which parts of the package are most used, ‘liked’ and appear most effective by talking in depth to women, partners and health visitors.

  • REC name

    North West - Preston Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    15 Mar 2021

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion