Education for Contraceptive Use by Women after Childbirth
Description of Resource:
Counseling about family planning is standard for most women after childbirth. This systematic review examined the effects of educational programs about family planning for women who just had a baby. Twelve trials were identified from the U.S., Australia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Syria. In a study with adolescents, the group with home-based mentoring had fewer second births within 2 years compared to the control group. Of trials with lower quality evidence, 2 showed some effect. In Nepal, women who got counseling right after delivery were more likely to use birth control at 6 months than those who got counseling later or not at all. In Australia, teens in a structured home-visiting program were more likely to use birth control correctly at 6 months than those with standard home visits. We found moderate to low quality results overall.