Perception & practices of women related to family planning: A study in resettlement colony of delhi
The study entitled “Perception & Practices of Women related to Family Planning: A Study in resettlement colony of Delhi” was carried out in three sub areas of Tilak Nagar with an attempt to understand and document the perception and practices of women related to family planning along with the role of health workers in motivating the women on the issue.
Purposive sampling was adopted to accomplish the study. The study constituted a sample of 60 women (20 each from 3 sub locales) between the age group of 18 to 45 years belonging to lower income group, who were into four years of marriage belonging to a resettlement colony of Delhi. In order to elicit more detailed and substantial information Focus Group Discussions were held in three different sub areas respectively of an identified resettlement colony.
Further to the findings of the study majority of women idealized six member families. Most of the women had two children. Best contraceptive method for majority of the women was copper-t which they accessed from the government hospital. From the women’s perspective an ideal gap between the two children was 2-3 years. ASHA has been a successful facilitator and mobilizer ensuring better access to health care services. Health of the women was another factor that influenced the adoption of contraceptives. Further from the findings, problems associated with the contraceptive usage also came into light which included excessive bleeding, pain in their body parts, weight loss and internal infections. For majority of the respondents, permanent form of contraceptive method was best over temporary method as many side effects were associated with the temporary form. The study also highlighted the ease of access to contraceptive methods along with the openness of women to try out different forms of family planning methods. The study also indicated that economic burden of a large family was an important indicator in encouraging couples to adopt family planning. Last but not the least, benefits included managing their family well, upbringing the child in an appropriate way. At the end they also advised to have two children and be free, give a gap of minimum three years between two children and up bring them properly. Thus the women today are planning their families and also want other fellow women to plan their too. Thus there is a change in behavior of women that is helping them to adopt family planning methods to ensure the wellbeing of their family and health as well.
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