Update to CDC’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010

Update to the CDC’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010: Revised Recommendations for the Use of Contraceptive Methods During the Postpartum Period

It is very important that new mamas consider contraception in the early post partum period. Women who become pregnant in the early post partum period risk health problems and adverse outcomes to themselves and their babies. The CDC in conjunction with the World Health Organization issued this statement:

“The revised guidelines affirm the importance of starting contraception during the postpartum period to prevent unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals, which are associated with adverse health outcomes for the mother as well as for the infant. These include greater risks for low birth weight and preterm birth”.

A complete summary of the revised guidelines is available in our blog post entitled,

Mamas on Bedrest: It’s Time to Consider Your Birth Control Options

Read the CDC’s Full statement here.