Already a member of this community?

Not a member of this community?

Join now! It will take only 43 seconds of your time.

Welcome to the Postpartum Family Planning Community of Practice! This is an online community focused on postpartum family planning (PPFP), the prevention of unintended pregnancies through the first year postpartum.

To send a message to members of the community, you can email or start a new discussion on the Discussions section of this website.

PPFP is a subset of family planning (FP), but focuses on effective service provision to meet the needs of women during the first year postpartum. Our approach includes the following key components:

1) Discussing pregnancy risk: Because women are often amenorrheic during this period, they may not realize that they are at risk of pregnancy. 2) Discussing return to sexual activity: In many cultures, sexual activity is commonly delayed after childbirth and during breastfeeding. There may be stigma attached to return to sexual activity, which makes women reluctant to ask for FP services. 3) Supporting optimal breastfeeding practices: Immediate, exclusive and continued breastfeeding are important practices for ensuring child survival during the first year postpartum, and PPFP promotes these practices through integrated messaging. 4) Promoting effective use of the lacatational amenorrhea method (LAM) and transition: LAM is commonly misunderstood as breastfeeding, which alone is not an effective method of contraception. 5) Considering contraceptive method based on timing postpartum and breastfeeding status. 6) Discussing healthy timing of the next pregnancy. 7) Integrating FP within maternal, newborn and child health services.