Postpartum Family Planning

Research has demonstrated that more than 90% of women during the first year postpartum want to either delay or avoid future pregnancies. (Ross and Winfrey 2001) And there is strong evidence of the health risks for mother and baby related to short birth intervals. (WHO 2007) The purpose of this course is to orient the learner to the rationale and the importance of family planning during the postpartum period, and to introduce the learner to service delivery, contraceptive methods, and programmatic considerations unique to family planning during the postpartum period.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define stages of the postpartum period
  • Define key terminology relevant to postpartum family planning
  • Discuss the rationale for, and importance of, postpartum family planning
  • Discuss contraceptive method considerations for the postpartum period
  • Describe the elements of extended postpartum family planning that are different from family planning in general
  • Discuss the role of integration in postpartum family planning programming
  • Describe unique programmatic issues surrounding postpartum family planning
  • Describe examples of postpartum family planning program integration


2 hours

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Holly Banchard, ACNM/ACCESS-FP

Patricia Gomez, Jhpiego/ACCESS

Joseph Johnson, Save the Children/ACCESS

Robin Anthony Kouyate, ACCESS-FP

Patricia MacDonald, USAID

Catherine McKaig, Jhpiego/ACCESS-FP

James Shelton, USAID

John Stanback, FHI

Patricia Stephenson, USAID