Increasing the uptake of long-acting and permanent methods of family planning: A qualitative study with village midwives in East Java and Nusa Tenggara Barat Provinces, Indonesia.
Just published in the October 2017 issue of Midwifery, this article describes a qualitative study of the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix Project (ICMM) in Indonesia. The article looks at attitudes and perceptions of village level midwives regarding provision of family planning, particularly long-acting methods. Highlights:
- Shortage of knowledge about LAPMs—resulting in misconceptions at the community level—can prevent utilization of LAPMs.
- Confusion about midwives eligibility to deliver family planning services can further hinder LAPM availability and utilization.
- Village midwives have limited opportunities to attend CTU and counseling trainings.
- Only a few midwives have IEC materials to use during family planning counseling sessions.
- There was a shortage of LAPM-related equipment among village midwives.
The article is available online here.