Ultimately woman’s choice about birth spacing says RCM on new research

on 29 October 2018 Research Birth spacing

In a study to be published in JAMA Internal Medicine today researchers found that getting pregnant less than 12 months after delivery is associated with risks for women of all ages. Commenting on the research Mandy Forrester, Head of Quality and Standards at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is useful research and builds on previous research into birth spacing.

Ultimately woman’s choice about birth spacing says RCM on new research

Ultimately it will be a woman’s choice whatever age they are about how long they leave between their pregnancies. What is important is that they are aware of the evidence around birth spacing and that they make their choice armed with the right information. Health professionals will always support a woman in her choice, which will be about what is right for them and their pregnancy.

“Women do though also need access to contraceptive advice to allow them to space their births if that is their choice. In the UK specialist family planning service provision is patchy with GPs frequently offering only oral contraception. Specialist services should be available for all women.”

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