183877 Postpartum contraception in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ricardo Vernon, PhD , Frontiers in Reproductive Health Program, Population Council, Mexico City, Mexico
Estela Rivero, PhD , Frontiers in Reproductive Health Program, Population Council, Mexico City, Mexico
This project presents the results of five recent diagnostic studies of the degree to which contraception has been integrated in postpartum care in five countries of Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In all countries we visited samples of hospitals and health centers. In each service delivery unit we conducted observations and interviewed women and providers to assess the degree to which women wanted a contraceptive method and the degree to which providers offered information and methods during prenatal and delivery care and during visits to outpatient services in the first six months after delivery. Results and recommendations for improving services are presented.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to a) explain how to integrate postpartum contraceptive services in the continuum of care between pregnancy and the six month extended postpartum period;b) know which indicators use to evaluate the effectiveness of postpartum contraceptive services; and 3) know the most appropriate contraceptive methods for the postpartum period and requirements to provide these services in the postpartum.

Keywords: Contraception, Latin American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I developed the project proposals leading to funding, supervised the work conducted and the preparation of reports
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.