Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy Counseling Pathways: A Counseling Tool for Healthcare Providers

Date of Publication
2011

The Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) Counseling Pathways: A Counseling Tool for Health Care Providers can be used to identify a woman who may be at risk of a closely spaced pregnancy or pregnancy at too early an age. The tool provides opportunities to discuss the HTSP messages and educate on pregnancies after age 34 and high parity pregnancies (5+ births), as well as discuss the benefits of using family planning for delay of the first pregnancy until age 18, and spacing or limiting for the best health outcomes, depending on a client’s reproductive health goals. The tool helps providers to reinforce appropriate information and counseling on informed choice and/or referral for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services. This tool can be used by health care providers in PHC, ANC, MCH, PNC, PAC, HIV-related, and youth-related clinics, as well as in community outreach.

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