Thompson I, Bryant AG, Stuebe AM. Centering the Patient in Postpartum Contraceptive Counseling. Clinical obstetrics and gynecology. 2022 Dec 1;65(65). 588-593. PMID: 35708969 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC9339468 NIHMSID: NIHMS1810385.
Birth control has long been considered an essential part of postpartum rounds. Many health care providers believe prevention of pregnancy is a priority in the postpartum period and that the inpatient postpartum stay is an ideal time to discuss contraception. This belief is not necessarily shared by birthing people. Many patients are unready to talk about contraception hours after birth, and contraceptive counseling may feel punitive for people whose reproduction has been marginalized. Health care providers must acknowledge this harmful and racist history to change counseling practices actively and thoughtfully to best meet patient needs while simultaneously respecting patient autonomy.