Association Between Maternal and Child Health Care Services and Postpartum Contraceptive Initiation in India: A Reproductive Calendar Approach

Anjali Bansal

The study examined the relationship between the use of Maternal-Child Health (MCH) services on the early initiation of contraceptive. The high association between the two can be observed due to the effect of both of these factors on each other or both are affected by the same background characteristics. The data were extracted from the fourth round of National Family Health Survey (2015-16), which provides information about the 5-year contraceptive history of women. We have used the time discrete complementary log-log model to access the effect of MCH services on the timing of initation of contraceptives within 12 months after the delivery of the recent child. The results show a significant association between the use of MCH services and early use of contraceptives. The findings hold significant policy implications as providing the knowledge of contraceptive use during MCH services can increase the likelihood of postpartum use in India.

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 Presented in Session 10. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior & Reproductive Health 2