Essential Contraception following Childbirth

Are you involved in care following childbirth, and interested in developing your sexual and reproductive healthcare knowledge and skills?

Then our Essential Contraception following Childbirth course is for you. This course is aimed specifically for healthcare professionals who provide care following childbirth. It provides an interactive day with scenario based learning, presentations, time for discussion, questions and role play.

It is relevant for all practitioners working with patients following birth, who need an introduction to Contraception and provides a useful update for more experienced staff. This course benefits from being delivered in multi-disciplinary groups, where practitioners can learn from one another. It is delivered  in a variety of locations across the UK, as well as online. 
Essential Contraception following Childbirth is not a competency based course and it is not assessed.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the currently available contraceptive methods
  • Discuss the main advantages and disadvantages of these contraceptive methods
  • Identify contraindications to contraceptive methods by using the UKMEC
  • Understand when contraception can be started after pregnancy
  • Introduce contraception into consultations with pregnant and recently delivered women
  • Understand the use of “Bridging Contraception”

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Entry Requirements

The content of Essential Contraception following Childbirth is specific to the needs of counselling mothers for contraception immediately after delivery. 

Previously, this course was called Essential Contraception for Midwives, and to be able to take part you needed to be a midwife registered with the NMC. However, the course title has been updated to Essential Contraception following Childbirth, to recognise the multi-discinplinary nature of post-delivery care. All learners who work in a relevant setting are welcome to take the course, including midwives, health visitors, and other allied proffesionals. 



Essential Contraception following Childbirth is a half day course to help you develop the skills and confidence to consult with patients about contraception.

Interactive and practical, the course uses a variety of activities to cover these topics, including scenario based learning, presentations, time for discussion, questions and role play. Essential Contraception following Childbirth is not a competency based course and it is not assessed.

Attendees will be provided with a workbook, which contains supporting documents for use on the day and for future reference.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance following the course.


Courses are run by FSRH approved facilitators and delivered locally, so registration fees can vary depending on location. Please consult with the facilitator for final pricing.

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How to Book

Essential Contraception following Childbirth courses are run by FSRH facilitators and delivered locally.

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Please be aware that we cannot advise on queries related to specific courses as these are organised and run locally. Contact details for course organisers can be found on each Essentials event listing.

If you are already registered as an Essential Contraception following Childbirth Facilitator and you wish to register a new course please complete the booking form here


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