Integrating reproductive health counseling into prenatal and postnatal care: Findings from the Men in Maternity Study in Delhi
Presentation at Population Association of America 2006 Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 30 March-1 April
Caleb-Varkey,Leila; Mishra,Anurag; Ottolenghi,Emma; Khan,M.E.; Das,Anjana; Huntington,Dale; Adamchak,Susan E.
Publication date: 2006
This study, called the Men in Maternity Study (MIM), tested a new model of maternity care integrating family planning (FP) and STI prevention messages into couple and individual counseling provided to consenting pregnant women and their husbands during routine prenatal and postnatal visits. Using a quasi-experimental, nonequivalent, control group design, the response of 327 couples from three intervention clinics and 302 couples from control clinics were compared through a pre- and postintervention survey. This paper presents the intervention and key findings related to postpartum FP intentions, knowledge, and practices of men and women as well as reports of STI/HIV-related risky behaviors and knowledge of preventive practices. Results showed that there was a statistically significant increase in condom use and knowledge of dual protection at six months postpartum although patterns of FP method use remained the same and STI/HIV-related risk perception and knowledge of prevention remained low.