Evaluation of a standardized postpartum counseling intervention’s impact on contraceptive use and repeat pregnancy rates in adolescents
Contraception
Awarded 2012
Complex Family Planning Fellowship Research
Stephanie Sober, MD
University of Pennsylvania
$69,729

Research Design:We propose a prospective randomized-controlled trial in which postpartum adolescents (age 14-19) will be randomized to receive either a brief standardized contraceptive counseling intervention or routine postpartum care. The primary outcome is repeat pregnancy rates at 6 and 12 months postpartum. Secondary outcomes include evaluating the subjects’ contraceptive choice, use and continuation rates postpartum as well as contraceptive satisfaction rates.
Hypotheses: We hypothesize that adolescents in the intervention group will have lower repeat pregnancy rates at both 6 and 12 months postpartum. We hypothesize that adolescents in the intervention group will also have higher uptake rates of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), will have higher continuation rates, and will have higher levels of satisfaction with their postpartum contraceptive method.

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