Filtered by: Family Planning <Back to previous page An effective caring family planning programmeDrs Steve and Margaret Brown with Marian Storkey. Does your area have an effective and caring family planning programme, or are you considering how to improve or set up such a programme? Whatever the situation in your area, here are four key points to think about. Bible study: Family spacingFamily planning is a sensitive issue about which Christians may have very different views. This study may help you to think more about your beliefs, and what your attitude should be towards others who may have opposite views. Family planning saves livesThe lives of 5.6 million children and 200,000 women could all be saved each year if all the women who wanted to limit their families had access to family planning. Fatimas choiceBy Dr Margaret Brown. This is a true story from Bangladesh, helping us to understand several points about a family planning programme. Natural Family SpacingIssue 27 on population prompted several responses, especially from people who felt Footsteps had not given enough encouragement to natural family spacing methods. From a medical point of view these methods have a higher risk of pregnancy and involve great commitment on the part of both husband and wife. However, with proper training and commitment they can prove satisfactory in many situations, especially for spacing births. Here is a useful and practical contribution from Evelyne ... Practical methods for spacing familiesThere are many ways of helping couples to space their families. The most suitable method depends on what is available, the needs of the couple, and on their beliefs about which methods are appropriate. Practical methods for spacing familiesCompiled by Isabel Carter. There are many ways of helping couples to space their families. The most suitable method depends on what is available, the needs of the couple and their beliefs about which methods are appropriate. The growing world populationWith a 3% population growth rate…The population will double every 20 years. Every gardener knows that plants placed close together do not grow well! In the same way, spacing births helps produce heavier children. Because they can have more of their mother's attention, they are healthier and do better at school. Children are twice as likely to survive if they are born two to three years apart than if they are born every year or so. The Population DebateChildren are a blessing. The Bible teaches that children are a blessing. Children are to be welcomed into the world and celebrated. People are made in the image of God and are to be given respect and dignity. However, many people today do not experience life as a blessing but as a tragedy. They may live in extreme poverty or as one of millions of ‘street kids’ who are unwanted. They may die from illnesses which are preventable.