World Contraception Day is observed on September 26th every year. The annual worldwide campaign centers around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted. Launched in the year 2007, WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of the contraception and to enable young aged people to make informed choices on their reproductive and sexual health.
On this year’s World Contraception Day, the WHO Department of Reproductive Research and Health and HRP are shining a spotlight on the importance of ensuring the provision of an option of high-quality postpartum contraceptive methods – to avoid unintended pregnancies through the first 12 months post childbirth – to women and their soul-mates.
Contraception allows the women to realize their human right to decide if and when to have children and helps to allow people achieve their desired family size. Yet, around 215 million women of the reproductive age in the developing countries who want to prevent pregnancy are not using a modernized contraceptive method. Women, who have recently given birth are amongst those with the highest unmet need for the contraception.
There is a study that aims to identify ways in which the primary health-care services can be strengthened with a package of the postpartum family planning, and to determine how effective such a package can be to increase the uptake of contraception during the first year of the postpartum period. Initial findings indicate that the supporting providers, enhancing the availability of the services, and engaging women and their soul-mates might increase postpartum contraception uptake and a postpartum family planning counseling tool can guide the systematic discussion on the birth spacing options.
This is important as the changes in paradigms and behavior will be needed at both the level of the women and their soul-mates, as well as at the level of the health service delivery, in order to increase the uptake of family planning in first 12 months post the childbirth.Tags: World Contraception Day