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Division of Family Planning

Family planning is the voluntary act people take to prevent, delay, or terminate a pregnancy. The University of New Mexico Division of Family Planning provides research, education and clinical services to help people maintain reproductive health and prevent unintended pregnancies.

Get to Know Us

Meet the family planning faculty.

Vision

Our vision is to empower women and girls in the Southwest through optimal reproductive health.

Mission

Our mission is to:

  • Provide quality, safe, patient-centered reproductive health care and outstanding family planning consultative services with timely access and follow up.
  • Provide exceptional family planning training and increase reproductive health knowledge in the local community.

Health Disparities and Advocacy

Surveys show that 200 million women wish to delay or stop the next pregnancy. More than 100 million women aren’t using contraception because they lack access to it or face other barriers to its use.

We believe:

  • No woman can be free unless she can choose when and how many children to have.
  • When women have realistic ways to limit childbearing, family size always falls, and infant and maternal lives are saved. 

We have a long history of removing barriers to family planning that aren’t based on evidence. We know well the public health burden of unsafe abortion and the suffering of women who experience it.

Clinical Interests

Clinicians provide:

  • All birth control options, including IUDs (hormonal and copper) and implants (Nexplanon)
  • Birth control for women with complex medical conditions
  • In-clinic abortion up to 23.6 weeks, including terminations for genetic indications, and in the hospital or operating room if indicated
  • Inpatient or operating room services for women who have medical complications or who require general anesthesia
  • Medication abortion up to 10 weeks
  • Miscarriage management
  • Pregnancy options counseling
  • Sterilization for both men (vasectomy) and women (Essure and tubal ligation)

Research

Our research aims to bring family planning back into international discussion and improve access and availability of contraceptives. Our research focus areas include:

  • Contraception and breastfeeding
  • Cost effectiveness in reproductive health
  • Cultural barriers to contraception
  • Medical resident education and emergency drills
  • Pain management of office-based gynecological procedures
  • Postpartum contraception
  • Substance abuse and contraception
  • Telehealth and reproductive health services