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In Connecticut (CT) and Rhode Island (RI), staggering disparities exist in maternal and child health outcomes along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines. Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is a regional leader in sexual and reproductive health services, annually providing services to more than 70,000 clients across CT and RI. PPSNE seeks to expand its services to include childbirth and parenting educational programming to help address these disparities. Before offering these programs, it is crucial to assess the need for such programs among current PPSNE patients to appropriately implement them. The objectives of this study were as follows: Characterize preferences for timing and formatting of childbirth educational programs among current PPSNE clients in Southern New England, and characterize perceived gaps in childbirth education curricula and best practices in providing childbirth education to PPSNE clients and mine appropriate childbirth preparation program topics to meet needs.

Publication Date

Spring 2018


public health, reproductive health, health disparities, childbirth education, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), Connecticut, Rhode Island


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Planned Parenthood - Evaluation of Childbirth Education Needs in Southern New England