The Benefits of Family Planning
Family planning is a well-known terminology in the 21st century. It involves taking into consideration the number of children a couple wishes to have, including the choice of having no children at all.
Often times when family planning is mentioned, Contraceptives are the first to come to mind and rightly so. However, family planning is not restricted to contraception alone. Family planning as elaborately defined by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System is the educational, comprehensive medical or social activities which enable individuals, including minors, to determine freely the number and spacing of their children and to select the means by which this may be achieved. (NCANDS, 2019).
Family planning is gradually becoming a welcome clause amongst couples even in Nigeria. Why is this so? One might wonder, the overpopulated society and struggling economy has made people more conscious of the number of children they should have and also when they should have them.
Family planning is not only important to a family, its benefits affects the economy of any country and social strength of any society. Let us look at the advantages.
Family planning hits home more for the womenfolk as they are directly and primarily involved in the whole process of birthing.
A research carried out by the University of Ilorin Teaching hospital indicated that majority (88%) of women have good knowledge of family planning, many (61%) are interested in its use but at least half of them have not used any method and current use was just 27%. (Tunde-Ayinmode, 2013).
The benefits of family planning for women are as follows;
Lack of family planning is an attributed cause of 640,000 newborn deaths and 150,000 maternal deaths. Also, application of family planning methods will save 600,000 children from losing their mothers annually. (Wikipedia, 2020)
In what ways do children benefit from family planning?
The father’s role in raising up children is undisputable; it is therefore important that he is capable of taking on this role. How does family planning benefit a father?
The results of neglecting family planning or living in ignorance of its possibilities scales up to the society. The adverse effects of lack of family planning are evident in the society in more ways than we might care to notice.
In general, family planning enables the achievement of both women and children’s right to education, employment and full participation in the society.
The options of birth control are vast, yet it is important to be sufficiently informed before making your choice. This is why it is important to Speak to a Doctor before embarking on this journey.
Gone are the days when matters such as the number of children you can have was left to fate and chance. Today, you can make a choice to give your offspring a healthy and balanced future, what more? You can access this service with just a Phone Call.
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