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UAB Studies Variation in Postpartum Contraceptive Methods across States

Although the National Survey of Family Growth – which gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health – has been a primary source for identifying trends in women’s contraceptive use in the United States, national-level data may actually mask differences in contraceptive practice resulting from variations in local policies and norms. Therefore, Dr. Kari White, assistant professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), instead analyzed data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System – a survey of women who are two to four months postpartum – from 18 reporting areas between 2000 to 2009.