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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
In summary, one can find many reasons for believing that family planning programs should in general be associated with maternity services and that educational efforts should be concentrated during the weeks of pregnancy and the puerperium. During these periods the women of an age and fertility most in need of family planning are easily detectable. They are for obvious reasons interested in the subject and the most susceptible to advice. The staff needed for this work is already partly available among the physicians, nurses, midwives, and social workers connected with maternity services. The system promises to introduce birth control in an association with the approved, indeed revered, services to the mother and her child. Finally, this organization offers a means of systematic coverage of a population, in annual groups of predictable size and of repeating the educational experience as women repeat their pregnancies.
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