Post-Pregnancy Family Planning

A family planning mobilizer sings with nursing mothers at the start of a family planning visibility parade in Omuaran township in Nigeria’s central state of Kwara. © 2012 Akintunde Akinleye/NURHI, Courtesy of Photoshare

In Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, there is a lot of contact between women and health care providers during and after pregnancy. Nearly all women attend prenatal care visits and the number of women giving birth in a private health facility is high, as are rates of immunization.

But evidence suggests women are not being counseled on family planning options or provided family planning services during these times. Data also show that many providers give biased advice based on marriage status and the number of children a woman already has. The Post-Pregnancy Family Planning project seeks to take advantage of this untapped opportunity to encourage private sector providers to counsel women about family planning and provide services during and after pregnancy.

The project will extend and adapt the existing approaches and tools of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI 2) and tailor interventions to address the potential of private providers to better deliver family planning services to new mothers and to create demand for those services.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Merck for Mothers


Lagos, Nigeria



Implementing Partners:

Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF) and DKT International