Men must also be responsible for family planning

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When men and women choose family planning together, it is much easier to use family planning successfully. Because men do not get pregnant, they do not always take the responsibility that women do for pregnancy and family planning. Many men think of family planning as the woman's problem.

Some men do not want their partners to use family planning. They may want lots of children, or they believe family planning is wrong, or they may feel that family planning is expensive or inconvenient to use and do not see any benefits to using it.

When men support the right of women to decide when and if they want to be pregnant, women can make the choice to use family planning if they want to. Then women and men can both have sex with less worry if they do not want a child.

As a midwife, you may be able to influence men in your community to take more responsibility for family planning. The number

Making family planning work for the community of children in the family will affect the health and well-being of every family member. Encourage men to:

• support their partners in whatever family planning method they choose.

• talk to other men in the community about the importance of family planning.

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