Utilisation of Maternal and Child Health care services: An initiation to Contraceptive use in India

Anjali Bansal, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

Previous research on the contraception uptake has established a relationship between contraception initiation and MCH services. So analysing the same, we further examined using NFHS-4 that whether the increase in MCH services has decreased the timing of contraception initiation among women. This study used the reproductive calendar to analyse the contraceptive initiation among 1,38,068 currently married women. A complementary log-log regression model was used to examine associations with MCH care at the national level. It was found that only a quarter of women in the postpartum period have adopted the modern method. The multivariate model found that the timing of contraception uptake mainly varies by the composition of children and assesses MCH services. The odds of the timing of contraception uptake were relatively lower among women who had only one male child (AOR=0.89; S.E-0.02), and also 13% of women were more likely to adopt early contraception when availed of MCH services. In India, the proportion of women receiving MCH services has increased, but contraception initiation was not up to the mark; providing family planning services alongside the MCH services could prove efficient and effective in low resource settings. It provides an invaluable window of opportunity to educate and encourage women for early adoption of contraception.

Keywords: Life event calendar analysis

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  Presented in Session P18.