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Contraceptive Counseling for the Immediate Postpartum Period

Speaker:

  • Jamila Perritt, MD, MPH, FACOG is a clinical provider in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and a reproductive health care consultant

Course Description
It is essential to ensure that all women can access the full range of contraceptive methods in the postpartum period, free from coercion. Healthcare professionals play a critical role in empowering women to choose the best method for them. This session will provide information on the importance of patient-centered postpartum contraception and how to engage patients in these conversations. Specific strategies for patient-centered contraceptive counseling will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions through a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the need for postpartum contraception
  2. Describe postpartum contraceptive methods currently available
  3. Understand key elements of patient-centered postpartum contraceptive counseling
  4. Describe different methods and tools to engage in shared medical decision making during postpartum contraceptive counseling
Jamila Perritt, MD, MPH, FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN who specializes in Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Dr. Perritt works as a clinical provider in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Additionally, she serves as a reproductive health care consultant, where she develops, organizes, and facilitates health education workshops and outreach events to diverse communities and community partners on topics including but not limited to: HIV/STI treatment and prevention, reproductive justice and access to care, adolescent health, contraception, and family planning. She collaborates with various organizations to provide ongoing support and subject matter expertise on sexual and reproductive health, family planning and reproductive justice.

Dr. Perritt is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She completed a Family Planning Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. During her fellowship training, Dr. Perritt received a Masters Degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completion of her fellowship, she returned to her hometown of Washington, DC, where she served as the Medical Director at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC, Inc. from 2011-2016.

Dr. Perritt is on the faculty at Howard University College of Medicine and at MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Fellowship in Family Planning. She is a passionate advocate for reproductive health, rights and justice. She has worked closely with the Physicians for Reproductive Health, Advocates for Youth, Reproductive Health Technologies Project, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and other organizations in support of access to comprehensive reproductive health care.

Dr. Perritt is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a member of The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and a Junior Fellow of The Society of Family Planning. She serves on the ACOG Committee for the Health Care for Underserved Women and as liaison to the ACOG Committee on Gynecologic Practice.

Cost: This session is free.