The Population Council conducted a formative study in rural Uttar Pradesh, India to assess the level of adoption of postpartum contraception for spacing among low parity women, identify the facilitating factors and barriers to the adoption of this target behavior, and identify programmatic and behavior change communications (BCC) initiatives that could accelerate the adoption of postpartum contraception for spacing and improve the service delivery system, if required, to facilitate the process. Barriers included low awareness of consequences of closely spaced births, misconceptions about contraceptive methods, lack of counseling by health workers, reluctance to include husbands, and programmatic emphasis on limiting births. The policy brief identifies a number of facilitating factors with implications for BCC strategy to improve awareness and rates of adoption of contraception to space births.
Population Council. 2010. "Increasing postpartum contraception in rural Uttar Pradesh: Implications for behavior change communication," Shaping Demand and Practices to Improve Family Health Outcomes in Northern India Policy Brief no. 7. New Delhi: Population Council.
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