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Patient education materials about reproductive health topics.

Decisions About Child Spacing

Information about child spacing methods, including non-hormonal, hormonal and permanent methods.

Image_SomaliChildSpacingBookletSomali Decisions About Child Spacing - Somali/English - PDF (60 pages)
This booklet gives information about child spacing, its benefits, and methods that women and men can use if they would like to have a few years between the birth of each baby. It was originally produced by the Neighborhood Health Care Network in 1999 and updated in 2004, 2008 and 2013 by WellShare International. Funding for the distribution and revision of this booklet is made possible by the Somali Child Spacing Program, with funding from the Minnesota Department of Health – Family Planning Special Projects (FPSP). The initial development of the booklet was funded by the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (Family Planning Services).

The following are selected pages taken from the full booklet. Each title is a 2-3 page PDF with information in English and Somali. 

Non-Hormonal Child Spacing Methods:

Hormonal Child Spacing Methods:

Patch Pills:
Ring The Pill (Combined Oral Contraceptives)
Injectibles (Hormone Shot) Progestin-Only Pill
Hormone IUD  Emergency Contraceptive Pills 
Hormone Implant  

Permanent Child Spacing Methods:

Tubal Ligation 

Related: Providing Culturally Appropriate Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services to Somali Immigrants and Refugees - A Reference Guide

Reproductive Anatomy

ReproductiveAnatomySomaliBookletImageMy Body: Human Reproductive Anatomy - Somali/English - PDF (35 pages) 
This booklet was produced by WellShare International with funding from the Minnesota Department of Health Family Planning Special Project. It uses simple illustrations and basic definitions to describe the reproductive anatomy for both males and females. This booklet originated with requests from the Somali community and the health care providers who serve them for Somali-language education materials on human reproductive anatomy.

The objective in creating this booklet is to support culturally competent medical care for the Somali community and to empower the Somali community in the process. This book is intended for use by health care providers and health educators with their Somali patients or clients.  This booklet was created by clinical and public health staff and reviewed by both Somali and non- Somali physicians, as well as a Somali religious leader. According to Islam, discussing human reproductive anatomy is allowed as long as it is for educational purposes (Quran Chapter, 2 verse 223).