A survey of mothers' comfort discussing contraception with infant providers at well-child visits

South Med J. 2009 Mar;102(3):260-4. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e318197fae4.


Objective: To determine whether mothers feel comfortable with their infants' providers discussing contraception with them at their infants' well-child checks.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted using a convenience sample of 114 mothers presenting at a community family medicine residency program for well-child visits among infants up to 17 months old.

Results: Almost all mothers (87%) felt comfortable talking with their infants' providers about contraception and were likely to accept the advice of their infants' providers to see their own doctors regarding contraception (83%) or to use a prescription from their infants' providers for contraception (75%).

Conclusion: Many mothers miss or delay their postpartum visits but see their infants' doctor multiple times within the first year. Mothers are comfortable talking with infant providers about contraception. By discussing contraception with mothers at well-child visits, physicians may encourage mothers to use contraception and prevent unintended pregnancies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child Health Services
  • Contraception*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family Practice
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pediatrics*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Postnatal Care*
  • Young Adult