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On Demand October 4, 2007

Short-Term Birth Interval: Counseling Family Planning Patients

Broadcast Date: October 4, 2007 | (1 hour, 30 minutes)


Handouts (9 pages)
References (1 page)
Birth Spacing Brochure (2 pages)
Reproductive Plans Questionnaire (2 pages)

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Program Overview

As early as the 1920s, researchers noted that short-term birth intervals were associated with an increased risk of perinatal mortality. Many studies since show that infants born at a healthy interval are more likely to survive, less likely to be premature of low birth weight, and less likely to be malnourished. Longer birth intervals are not only healthier for mothers and their children but it enables parents to devote more time to each child in the early years, giver parents more time for activities other than child rearing and often eases pressure on family finances. Couples and individuals need to make their decisions on birth spacing based on accurate information and with a range of contraceptive options. Healthcare providers and family planning programs have a responsibility to help them. Although not always addressed specifically, promoting birth spacing has long been a central goal of family planning programs. Expanded access to good quality family planning services through a variety of avenues will help women achieve their preferred intervals.

Program faculty will address the risks associated with short-term birth intervals and describe the need for family planning services after a pregnancy. There will also be a discussion about the promotion of health between pregnancies and the counseling available for women who have recently given birth.


Cynthia E. Dubin, RN, MSN, FNP, CNM
Emory University Regional Training Center

Target Audience

Clinicians, nurses, educators, social workers, health educators, and other healthcare providers and administrators who are involved with family planning programs

Contact Hours

None for this program.

Contact for Technical Assistance

Call 334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN.

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