To what extent do postpartum contraception policies or guidelines exist in Australia and New Zealand: A document analysis study

Kate Cheney, Edwina Dorney, Kirsten Black, Luke Grzeskowiak, Evelyn Romero, Kevin McGeechan

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Abstract

Women are susceptible to unintended, rapid repeat pregnancies in the first 12 months postpartum. Access to postpartum contraception, specifically long-acting reversible contraception, enables better planning of pregnancy timing and spacing and allows optimisation of health before the next conception. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG), and implementation policies, supported by consumer input, can improve such access. We searched publicly available Australian and New Zealand guidelines and policy documents addressing postpartum contraception. One CPG detailed specific information about postpartum contraception and, although of high quality, requires modification to local contexts to support implementation and policy development.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Early online date18 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • clinical practice guideline
  • policy
  • postpartum contraception

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