Globally, most postpartum pregnancies are unplanned, mainly as a result of low level knowledge and fear of contraceptive use, especially in low-income settings. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of pamphlet with counseling on the use of artificial contraceptive methods during the postpartum period. A total of 27 eligible pregnant women were chosen through convenient sampling. These women received a single one-on-one contraceptive counseling using a pamphlet as a guide, during one of their prenatal visits at the local health station/center. All participants were contacted at 6- and 10-weeks postpartum through personal visit at the Rural Health Unit; and were questioned about their contraceptive use, if there was any.
During the 6th-week postpartum evaluation, only 2 women (7.40%) used an artificial form of family planning by using the IUD. However, at the 10th-weeks postpartum evaluation, 10 (37.03%) more women practiced artificial family planning methods, through the use of pills. With a total of 12 (44.44%) artificial family planning users at the end of the study. With these results, the study concludes that receiving a pamphlet with counseling on contraception during prenatal care is associated to an increase in the use of postpartum contraception.