FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE FAMILY PLANNING AMONG WOMEN OF CHILD BEARING AGE:
- Cultural Beliefs/Issues of Male Child syndrome
In most Nigerian cultures example Igbo land especially in Nri (the origin of Igbo land, close to Akwa) a woman who has not given birth to a male child has not yet arrived because it is the male child that will inherit the father’s wealth, answer his name and perpetuate the families name at death.
Also at Nri too if you do not have baby boy with a building and fence, you cannot get chieftaincy title. Hence mala-child syndrome preference to female child constitutes a major obstacle to the popular acceptance of planning in Nigeria. Following such beliefs, couples who have no male child keep on reproducing in search of a single male child.
This is another factor that hinders effective acceptance and practice of Planning.
The Roman Catholic denomination approves only natural method of Family Planning which may fail those with short cycle. Some Knights in the church mi02ght say no to Family Planning. Also the Anglican abhor artificial Family Planning except condom.
Men in Islamic religion get up to 4 wives, if one should have up to four children that mean sixteen children for a man. Therefore, people whose religion allows for polygamy can hardly be restricted via Family Planning.
Some couples are highly ignorant of numerous benefits of Family Planning, Especially non-educated ones.
- The superstitious belief of becoming childless following death of one’s few children also hinders acceptance of Family Planning. Therefore, people refer giving birth to many children so that some can be spared if many died or are deformed.
- Time Factor
Most men are too busy and therefore, in man y Planning Clinics only women are seen.
- Lack of Fund/Poverty
- Non Accessibility of Family Planning Clinics
- Political Instability
- An Only Child Syndrome
- Quest for many Children
- Unhealthy Competition Among Age mates and Friends.