Assessment of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy Practices among Postpartum Women in Butembo, Eastern DRC, and Barriers to the Adoption of Family Planning Methods


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Author(s): Mathe JK, Kasonia KK, Maliro AK

Year: 2011

Assessment of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy Practices among Postpartum Women in Butembo, Eastern DRC, and Barriers to the Adoption of Family Planning Methods Abstract:

This study assesses the extent of the knowledge, attitudes, and practice (KAP) of family planning in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, in order to help identify a plausible strategy for reducing unwanted pregnancies and the associated morbidity and mortality. The study also attempted to identify whether couples were following the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies as recommended by the World Health Organization. The study focused on women who have just delivered because they were very likely to get pregnant again in a short period of time, but findings may reflect the extent of family planning use and the adherence to health timing and spacing of pregnancies within the larger community. Based on findings, recommendations are suggested for improving family planning use and adherence to health timing and spacing in the city and, ultimately, in the province and country.

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