Family planning needs of women experiencing severe maternal morbidity in Accra, Ghana: another missed opportunity?

Ozge Tunçalp, Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Richard M. Adanu, Michelle J. Hindin

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Abstract

Women with severe maternal morbidity represent an important group to target for increasing contraceptive uptake. Our objective was to explore the future fertility intentions, use of family planning including methods and reasons for not wanting to use contraception among a group of women who had traumatic delivery experience at a tertiary teaching hospital in Accra, Ghana. Our results show that despite higher educational attainment, longer hospital stays and intention to limit or stop childbearing among women, there is a missed opportunity for family planning among women with severe maternal morbidity in this urban African hospital setting. Integrating postpartum family planning consultations by linking available services such as reproductive health clinics at the facilities rather than including additional tasks for the midwives and the doctors in the wards could be a sustainable solution in such urban, high-volume settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalAfrican Journal of Reproductive Health
Volume18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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