Education for contraceptive use by women after childbirth
RHL practical aspects by Peedicayil A
FIRST CONTACT (PRIMARY CARE) LEVEL
Health centres at this level in India are usually manned by one doctor and a nurse/midwife. These facilities could have a strong influence on postpartum mothers if they gave culturally appropriate messages and explained the benefits of spacing as well as terminal methods. Posters, demonstrations and video clips could be used.
REFERRAL HOSPITAL (SECONDARY CARE) LEVEL
The postpartum family planning programme should offer a wide range of services. Contraceptive options should be discussed with each mother on the postnatal ward by a dedicated member of staff. If a formal education programme is instituted a strong evaluation component should be built in.
AT HOME OR IN THE COMMUNITY
Educational strategies targeting the whole family on birth spacing and contraceptive options may be useful.
This document should be cited as: Peedicayil A. Education for contraceptive use by women after childbirth: RHL practical aspects (last revised: 17 December 2003). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.