The PNOC project is dedicated to improving maternal and neonatal systems of care and increasing the availability of immediate postpartum insertion of highly effective, long-acting reversible contraceptive methods.
CDC Levels of Care Assessment Tool (LOCATe)
North Carolina is one of thirteen states participating in the CDC LOCATe.
The CDC LOCATe is a tool that enables states to use a standardized method of assessing maternal and neonatal levels of care. The priority for this assessment is to facilitate the use of risk-appropriate care.
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Perinatal Regions IV and VI are currently the only regions in North Carolina completing this assessment. For additional information please contact Kimberly Harper at Kimberly_Harper@med.unc.edu
Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (IPP LARC)
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), such as the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant, are highly effective methods of contraception that are being used more frequently to prevent unintended pregnancies. Postpartum placement of such implants and devices often occurs at 6-8 weeks postpartum. This delay in initiation of birth control could result in an unintended pregnancy as between 45-57% of women in the United States report having intercourse before the routine six weeks postpartum visit (ACOG, 2016). It is recommended that women who desire to use LARC have the ability to receive it prior to discharge following the birth of a child.
PNOC will provide technical assistance to providers and regional birthing facilities to increase immediate postpartum access to LARCs. For more information, please contact Kimberly Harper at Kimberly_Harper@med.unc.edu