Who is responsible for postpartum contraception advice and provision? The perspective of hospital-based maternity clinicians in New South Wales, Australia

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2023 Jun;63(3):464-468. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13627. Epub 2022 Nov 3.

Abstract

Access to postpartum contraception is critical for the health of the mother and subsequent pregnancies. However, the differential roles and responsibilities of maternity care providers in contraception discussions and provision are often unclear. Our study, part of a larger study on midwifery provision of contraceptive implants, presents the perspectives of hospital-based maternity clinicians. Participants suggested that contraception discussions and provision are a shared responsibility of maternity care providers but identified inconsistencies and issues with current approaches. Access to contraception could be improved through more routine discussions antenatally and postnatally and greater collaboration between maternity care providers in hospital, community and primary care settings.

Keywords: access; clinician; maternity care provider; midwife; postpartum contraception.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Contraception
  • Female
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health Services*
  • New South Wales
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pregnancy

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