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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

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.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Family Planning
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Lopez LM, Grey TW, Hiller JE, Chen M. Education for contraceptive use by women after childbirth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2017 Oct 25];(7). doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001863.pub4. Available from: