While working at the Health Facility, I see so many different women pass by, all with different stories. What often occurs, is the disapproval of the husbands and families to get contraceptives. This makes it hard for the woman to step forward, share their stories and get the information on contraceptives, One day a woman came in the Health post. She had conceived 12 children but two sons died. Her husband is a farmer, who generates hardly enough income to maintain the basic needs of the family. Not all of her children could go to school and eat good food. She shared with me that she had used implants for two years, but she decided to stop because her husband was not happy with it at all. He frequently beat and threatened her.
After I stopped, she said, she conceived a new child again, which made her very weak. If at this situation, she would have her 13th baby, serious problems would occur for her health and her children.
After a long time of talking, and sharing information, the woman decided to use an implant, despite what her husband would say. In the end, she was very happy, she can now give abundant time on caring and rearing her children, and she felt stronger.
Some other day, another woman visited Jay Nagar Health post after the recommendation of FCHV. She was only 19 years old and had two children in two years. It was not easy for her to come health post since her husband and father in law were strongly against the use of any contraceptives. He often pressured her aggressively for a grandson.
I provided counseling on all five family planning devices, their side effects, and their appropriate use. Eventually, she chose an implant.
She returned home happily by saying “If I get any problems or side effects, I will come again sister. Hope you will help me in the days to comes.”
These women’s lives are often revolving around their children, which makes Family Planning so crucial. I feel great to work for those women under a family planning project implemented by ADRA Nepal through which I have got an opportunity to serve the people. in Need. Through having informal conversations with the woman and frequent counseling, me and the other health workers want to ensure even those farthest behind are included and their stories told.
(Pramila works as Visiting Service Provider at ADRA Nepal and is stationed in Rautahat district))