Evidence suggests that in India, compared to married women in general, postpartum married women have a much higher need for family planning that remains unmet. India’s postpartum IUD (PPIUD) program aims to help postpartum women space pregnancies and prevent mistimed or unwanted births. The majority of PPIUD users in this study were young, educated, and had one child. Most were involved in making the final decision about which family planning method to use after discussions with the provider, and most had spoken with a frontline health worker at least once about family planning methods in the three months preceding birth and about the IUD. Thus, frontline health workers are an important source of family planning information to pregnant women including information about the PPIUD. This brief reports that their interactions with providers at IUD insertion indicate that there is room for improvement in quality of care and includes a number of recommendations that will help strengthen India’s family planning program.
The Evidence Project. 2018. “Dynamics of postpartum IUD use in India: Quality of care received and interim results three months after insertion,” research brief. Washington, DC: Population Council, The Evidence Project.
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