(August 2011) Some countries have found that the path to economic growth and development is enhanced by providing family planning together with maternal and child health care—the health services women seek before, during, and after pregnancy, and for their children’s health. Offering these services together is a cost-effective way to prevent unintended pregnancies among women, and contributes to a healthier population.

In this interview, Debbie Bain Brickley, senior researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, discusses integrating family planning services with maternal and child health care. Brickley is a member of the Cochrane HIV/AIDS group, Global Health Sciences. The group has conducted a systematic review of research and evidence on family planning and maternal child health integration, funded by USAID .