Only 29% of new moms are interested in family planning: BKKBN

In fact, when asked if they want to get pregnant again this year, the answer is no.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Fewer than 30 percent of Indonesian women expressed interest in participating in the family planning (KB) program after giving birth, the National Population and Family Planning Agency said.

“Next, only 29 percent of mothers participate in family planning right away. In fact, when asked if they want to get pregnant again this year, the answer is no. But if you ask again if you want use contraception, the answer is also no,” agency chief Hasto Wardoyo said at the launch of the Indonesian Demographic and Health Survey 2022 here on Thursday.

He regretted the low interest in family planning, saying contraception can help families plan and space births to prevent stunting in children.

“As well as being closely correlated with stunting, as Executive Director of the Accelerated Stunting Reduction Program, (the agency) also pointed out that birth spacing is also linked to stunting. autism in children,” he said.

The long-term negative impact of stunting, such as a decline in children’s cognitive abilities, subnormal growth and susceptibility to disease, can affect the country’s development, he added. Indeed, stunting reduces productivity and hinders the creation of good human resources.

“Unfortunately, lack of interest in family planning is also associated with the number of people wanting family planning but not getting the service (unmet need), which has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said he declared.

About 4.8 million mothers give birth each year. There are also up to 2 million married couples, 1.6 million of whom have confirmed being pregnant within the first year of marriage.

However, Wardoyo pointed out, the total birth rate in Indonesia is already 2.24%. It has already achieved the 2.1% target set by the government for 2024 so that the state develops quality human resources.

With the increase in the number of births, accelerating the use and availability of contraceptives is very important if President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) goal of developing a large generation by 2045 can be achieved, he added.

“Of course, all this is to support Mr. President Jokowi’s program to (continue the development of) great human resources for (achieving) an advanced Indonesia, so the IDHS 2022 survey is very important because we all need it “, did he declare. said.

Meanwhile, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assistant at the Population and Family Planning Agency, Eni Gustina, said the agency aims to ensure that 70% of pregnant women join the postpartum family planning program.

To improve the quality of the State’s human resources, efforts must be made to change the mentalities of the bride and groom who still think that they should have children immediately after their marriage.

This can be done through the provision of assistance that can educate people and improve family health, including introducing short-term and long-term family planning to the public. Therefore, the agency prepared 200,000 teams to guide families.

“So the assistance is to supervise all the pregnancies in order to give birth to good quality (healthy) babies,” Gustina said.

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