Voice Her Choice: A Client Centered Approach to FP Counseling
When providers counsel women on modern methods of Family Planning (FP), they are increasingly encouraged to focus on method effectiveness. Yet, for women, effectiveness is only one concern among many. Marie Stopes International and Population Services International have developed new, more client-centered counseling tools for FP providers. These tools address the questions and concerns about return to fertility, bleeding changes, and discretion that women often have. These innovative tools aim to provide women women and girls with FP counseling sessions that tailor method recommendations to her preferences, thereby improving her satisfaction with the counselling process, increasing rates of FP uptake, and decreasing rates of method discontinuation through managing expectations. This Mini-U session reviews traditional tools and allows participants to test-drive PSI’s and MSI’s new client-centered tools.
Speakers: Anna Mackay, Marie Stopes International; Laura Glish, Population Services International; Alexandra Angel, Population Services International