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January 10, 2022

Association of Comprehensive Immediate Postpartum Contraception With Infant Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics/Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
JAMA Pediatr. 2022;176(3):233-235. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.5695

There have been and continue to be efforts to improve comprehensive access to contraception for all individuals that is person centered. The immediate postpartum period is one of the most critical times to assure access because of the additional barriers that are present on the birth of a child and after hospital discharge for most people.1 These barriers include not only insurance coverage issues, but also the logistics of scheduling and attending an appointment while also caring for a newborn.2 While the postpartum visit is intended to provide a follow-up from delivery for these women, as many as 40% of women do not complete that visit—and those who are uninsured or have underlying medical issues to address have more significant challenges to attending that visit.3

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