Doctors’ group recommends new moms be offered long-acting birth control while still in the hospital

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- New moms should be able to get long-acting birth control before they leave the hospital. That's the new recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists or ACOG.

Lauren Lobner and her husband are expecting their fourth child.

"We're excited for it," she said.

They don't plan to have a fifth.

"This will be it. Yeah," Lobner said.

The mom is also a nurse who's worked in obstetrics. She agrees with the new recommendation. It says new moms should be able to get long-acting birth control, the IUD or implants, in the hospital right after delivery and not have to wait for their six-week check-up.

"It would just be nice to not have to worry about feeling I have to get in there so I can get my birth control. It would be nice to just have it," Lobner said.

It could help women avoid pregnancies spaced too close together. They would have birth control that lasts for years and is much more effective than the Pill.

"It's in. It's there. It's immediately working, and you don't have to worry about patient compliance," said Dr. Bret Gordon, an ob/gyn at Saint Luke's South Hospital.

Still, Dr. Gordon doubts he'll be following the recommendation any time soon. He said most of his patients are good about coming to their six-week check-up. In addition, insurers currently pay hospitals a lump sum for labor and delivery. Payment would need to change.

"To where hospitals are gonna be willing to provide those devices so they can get paid for them," he said.

He also worries that an IUD is more likely to be positioned wrong or fall out when it's implanted right after a woman gives birth.

But in its recommendation, ACOG said immediate placement is still better in reducing unintended pregnancy, especially for women who are unlikely to go to their post-partum check-up.

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