Family planning is often misunderstood as a program to deny the presence of children. In fact, however, this is not the case. The goals and benefits of the family planning program are actually very good for realizing a healthy, happy, and prosperous family.
Family planning (KB) is a national-scale program managed by the National Family Planning Agency (BKKBN). There are many benefits of family planning programs offered by the state. One of them is to produce a quality family.
However, before discussing the benefits, it helps us to 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
- Launching a small family with enough 2 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, or due to diseases of the reproductive system.
- Suppress the population and balance the number of needs with the population in Indonesia.
In its implementation, the 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 contraceptives that can be used 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-planned 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, husband and wife can plan the time of pregnancy correctly. This is closely related 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, namely from exclusive breastfeeding and breastfeeding for up to 2 years. Not only that, children can also get full attention from their parents during their development period. These two things will certainly have a very positive impact on him.
3. Prevent unplanned pregnancy
Husbands and wives who do not run the 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 the 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 does not get a complete recovery after giving birth to the previous child. This can have an impact on the mother's 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 pregnancies with a high risk of complications, such as in women over 35 years of age, women with certain chronic diseases, and women who have just given birth.
6. Forming a quality family
All that is well planned can also bear good 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 planned properly, the chances of creating a quality family will be even greater.
From the goals and benefits of the family planning 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 designed 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 family planning program, you can consult a general practitioner at the local health center about this program. The doctor will explain several options for contraception and also suggest the one that is most suitable and effective for your condition.