Original Research Article| Volume 108, P32-36, April 2022

Obtaining buy-in for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception programs in Texas hospitals: A qualitative study



      To understand the specific ways in which champions lead efforts to obtain and sustain buy-in for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) programs.


      We conducted a qualitative study with 60 semistructured interviews at 3 teaching hospitals in Texas with physicians, nurses, administrators and other staff who participated in the implementation of immediate postpartum LARC. Physicians self-identified as champions and identified other champion physicians and administrators. Two researchers analyzed and coded interview transcripts for content and themes.


      We found that champions draw on institutional knowledge and relationships to build awareness and support for immediate postpartum LARC implementation. To obtain buy-in, champions needed to demonstrate financial sustainability, engage key stakeholders from multiple departments, and obtain nurse buy-in. Champions also created buy-in by communicating goals for the service that focused on expanding reproductive autonomy, improving maternal health, and improving access to postpartum contraception. Some staff, especially nurses, identified reasons for the program that run counter to reproductive justice principles: reducing birth rates, poverty, and/or unplanned pregnancy among young women and high-parity women. Respondents at 2 hospitals noted that not all women had equitable access to immediate postpartum LARC.


      Physician and non-physician champions must secure long-term support across multiple hospital departments to successfully implement an immediate postpartum LARC program. For programs to equitably serve all women in need of postpartum contraceptive care, champions and other program leaders need to implement strategies to address access issues. They should also explicitly focus on reproductive justice principles during program introduction and training.


      Successfully implementing immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception programs requires champions with institutional networking connections, administrative and nursing support, and clearly communicated goals. Champions need to address access issues and focus on reproductive justice principles during program introduction and training to equitably serve all women in need of postpartum contraceptive care.


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