Family planning carries a wealth of benefits for both partners. Such discussions create a forum for laying the ground rules concerning intercourse and birth-control methods, financial considerations and division of household responsibilities.
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Planning ahead before a pregnancy allows family resources to be budgeted effectively. Time and money can be allocated, child development and parenting classes attended, and child care can be arranged.
Effective planning can be used to space the birth of multiple children so child care is not as burdensome. Often parents choose to wait to have more children until the first child reaches an age of greater independence (12 to 36 months).
Young parents might want to use family planning to time the arrival of a child to coincide with advancements in their careers or salary gains. Others might choose to finish a course of study for a degree, and might not want to struggle with balancing children with school and work responsibilities.
A family under the pressure of a serious illness might choose to delay the expansion of their family until the illness has passed. An illness can affect the family's finances or the ability to be covered by insurance.
Potential parents who have yet to acquire insurance might want to delay pregnancy to insure the cost of birth and any complications are adequately covered. Planning is an effective way to be sure both partners are in agreement about the reasons for waiting to have children and the importance of birth-control measures to support the decision.
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