Family planning services help couples (and in some instances women hoping to be a single mother) investigate the different options available to them. First, in choosing WHEN to have a child, a family planning services coordinator will share with you the different types of birth control. Deciding what is the most convenient, affordable and effective for you and your spouse is chosen and the beginning of the plan is implemented. Mind you, birth control is in no way considered a sure fire way NOT to get pregnant, it’s only a way to stave off the feisty little guys trying to get through.
If an unplanned pregnancy DOES occur, a family planning services coordinator can also assist in letting the couple know what options they have at that point. Maybe offering the child for adoption to make another family’s wish of having a child a reality, and assisting the couple through that process is one example.
While preparing to become parents, most look to investment options. Although not provided at family planning services (I think it should be)an investment agent can be brought on board to share in the financial planning aspects of preparing to become a parent.
How to have a child is also a topic that family planning services encourage couples to discuss. Will there be a midwife who delivers the baby at home? If you choose to go to the hospital, will a general or local anesthesia be used? Who will be in the room? Will mom be in a suite or not after the baby is born? Preparing for the birth of a first child can seem overwhelming; but as overwhelming as it seems the first time, the second and subsequent times, although each pregnancy is different, are like a walk in the park.
Deciding how far apart to have children is also something that many couples give a lot of thought to. The differences in age between the children can, in some cases, determine if the children will be close friends or hate one another. Maybe they won’t hate one another, but not have anything in common because they are almost a half generation apart. If a couple chooses to try immediately after the birth of a first child, they may be trying to ensure that the children will always be doing the same things at about the same time so as to eliminate any large gaps in life.
Whatever the reasons couples decide to have, or not have children, how to do that, adoption, invetro, or natural birth and how far apart to have children, if more than one at are all perfectly logical reasons to seek the advice from your local family planning services agency.