We were on air At Armed forces radio(107.7fm), on the show "ladies gist with Thelma" talking about everything family planning and how it affects infant health and maternal health💕💕
One of our aims/objectives at Thriving Up Initiative reads: To advocate post-partum family planning as an effective way of ensuring newborns have the attention and responsive care they need for survival, well-being and healthy growth and development.
Family planning can significantly reduce the risk of maternal, newborn, infant and child illness.
About one-third of all infant deaths occur because mothers had births too close together, which more often than not results in the baby being born before it's full term, having a low birth weight baby, and complications during birth which are all serious life threatening cases.
After birth, family planning helps a woman time and space her next pregnancy for at least the WHO recommended two years(which is approximately three years between births). With such spacing, children are more than twice as likely to survive infancy and are healthier. The time between pregnancies also allows mothers to provide responsive care and pay more attention/spend more time with each child, promoting the child's physical health and mental and emotional development.
Family planning is also one of the most cost-effective and powerful strategies to empower women and improve their lives. Women who are empowered to make choices about childbearing are more likely to contribute to the economic health of their families and communities and are much more productive in society.
Young wives and newly weds too can engage in family planning to delay their first pregnancies until they are better prepared for motherhood. .
Special thanks to Armed Forces Radio for having us.
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