August 20, 2013
Amber Samuel, MD, spoke to Reuters about a new study on smoking during pregnancy. Researchers in Denmark found that women who quit smoking early in pregnancy gave birth to babies of similar birth weights as nonsmokers.
From the article:
“The big thing to get out of this study is that quitting early in pregnancy is as helpful in respect to the birth weight of your baby as never having smoked while you were pregnant,” Dr. Amber Samuel, a maternal-fetal medicine expert at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said.
“I think that can be an inspiration to moms who are looking to make a change in their lives.”
Dr. Samuel also commented on the strengths and limitations of the research, as well as whether the results are applicable in the United States.
Dr. Samuel joined the faculty of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in July, 2013, after completing her fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.