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Misamis University Ozamiz City Graduate School Reaction Paper For Seminar on Paternal InvolvementIn Family Planning and Maternal & Child Health In partial fulfillment of the requirements in CHN 215 Submitted by: REYNEL DAN L. GALICINAO, RN Student, Master in Nursing Major in Nursing Educational Administration July 9, 2011
Paternal Involvement in Family Planning And Maternal and Child Health The seminar on “Paternal Involvement in Family Planning andMaternal and Child Health” is very timely as the passage ofReproductive Health Bill is a big issue at the present. Family planningand maternal and child health is a very significant matter to discussin a family. Moreover, the role of the father is undeniably importantfor the promotion of maternal and child health. In the traditional Filipino family, only the woman decideswhether to use a family planning and as to which method. However,the father must take an active role in deciding for his family’swelfare. He must not only give consent to the family planning methodto be used but must take part in determining an acceptable andsuitable method. If the couple chose to decide to use family planning,both of them will be affected so it must be an informed decision ofboth the husband and wife. The speaker stressed the importance of the role of the nursesin family planning and thus encouraged nurses to be an activeadvocate and educator of family planning and maternal health. Thenurses and midwives in the rural health units must indeed take partand encourage family planning without bias to either natural orartificial methods. This decision must be left to the couple who arewell informed of the advantages and disadvantages of every methodpossible. The speaker also advocated on promotion of the permanentsterilization and long-term family planning methods; vasectomy formen and bilateral tubal ligation for women, and the use of 2|Page
intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD). Couples who do not haveplans of rearing another child must use the permanent or long-termfamily planning to prevent unplanned pregnancies in the future. The benefits and consequences of vasectomy were discussedvery well. According to the speaker, vasectomy is a very convenientmethod and it is highly beneficial for the couple. The misconceptionsregarding the said method was also debunked. Maternal and child health and welfare is very much affected bythe family size. Their quality of life is also affected so thegovernment must ensure that ALL Filipinos have the freedom tochoose as to plan their families or not and whether to use artificialor natural methods. They must have access to maternal and childhealthcare and not be constrained by poverty. They must also begiven the chance to have a good quality of life and step out ofpoverty. The seminar is indeed very informative and the speakerpresented the message very well. 3|Page