Family planning is a national scale program by the National Population and Family Planning Agency. There are many benefits of family planning programs and one of them is to produce a quality family.
However, before discussing the benefits, it’s a good idea to first know the purpose behind this program.
Family Planning Program Goals
There are several important objectives of implementing a family planning program, including:
- Forming a small prosperous family, according to the economic condition of the family
- Plan a small family with only two children
- Preventing marriage at an early age
- Reducing maternal and infant mortality due to pregnancy at an age that is too young or too old
- Suppress the population and balance the number of needs with the population.
In its implementation, BKKBN as the body that manages the family planning program encourages people to use contraceptives to prevent or delay pregnancy until the time is right. Several types of contraception that include condoms, birth control pills, birth control injections, implants, IUDs, vasectomy, and tubectomy.
Benefits of Family Planning Program
The following are some of the benefits of family planning programs that are important to apply to every family:
1. Maintain the health of mother and baby
A well-plan pregnancy program will have a good impact on the health of the mother and baby. In addition, the family planning program also provides guidance on steps to maintain the health of mothers and babies, both before and after giving birth.
2. Encouraging adequate breastfeeding and good parenting for children
With the family planning program, couples can plan the time of pregnancy precisely. This is closely relate to the adequacy of breastfeeding and child care patterns. Ideally, the distance between the first and second children is 3-5 years.
With this time gap, the first child can get the maximum benefits of breastfeeding until he is 2 years old. Not only that, children can also get full attention from their parents so that it can have a positive impact on their growth and development.
3. Prevent unplan pregnancy
Couples who do not run a family planning program are at risk of having an unplanned pregnancy. For example, women over 35 years of age and not yet menopausal who have sex without contraception may become pregnant. However, this pregnancy is high risk and can have a fatal impact on both mother and baby.
Likewise with pregnancy that is too early after giving birth. For example, a woman may give birth when her first child is under 1 year old.
In this condition, the mother may not fully recover after giving birth to the previous child. This of course has an impact on their physical and mental health.
4. Prevent sexually transmitted diseases
Even though it is done between husband and wife, sexual intercourse cannot be separated from the risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, to HIV/AIDS. However, this can be prevented by using contraceptives, such as condoms.
5. Reducing maternal and infant mortality
Another benefit of family planning programs is to reduce the risk of maternal and infant mortality. This case is still often found in the community, especially in high-risk pregnancies, for example in women aged over 35 years, women suffering from certain chronic diseases, and women who have just given birth.
6. Forming a quality family
Everything that is well plan can also bear fruit. In this case, planning a pregnancy and the number of children is not only a matter of time, but also a matter of the economy, children’s education, and parenting.
If all of this is plan properly, the chances of creating a quality family will be even greater.
From the goals and benefits of the this program above, you can see that the family planning program has nothing to do with refusing the presence of children. The family planning program is actually design to make Indonesian families healthy and prosperous. Therefore, it is appropriate for us to participate in the success of the family planning program.
To be able to feel the benefits of the this program, you and your partner can consult a doctor at the nearest health center. The doctor will explain some of the options for contraception and suggest the type that is most suitable for you and your partner.