Health Care Culture and Childbearing
In the contemporary world, birth control has become an important aspect of the childbearing process whose assumption is unthinkable. Such is the case given the range of advantages that have come with the practice. For instance, the rates of unintended pregnancies, adolescent pregnancies, and abortion have significantly decreased. However, this observation is not uniform across people of different cultures with the most affected being the persons of minority groups. Such a view is disturbing given that these individuals are also victims of disparities in other areas of health care. That said, birth control practices, its achievement and cultural variation of its outcome are the central ideas of this discussion. With such information, it is beyond doubt that one will gain a proper understanding of this issue.
Primarily, identification of contributing factors for the current birth control disparity associated with cultural groups of the minority is worthwhile in the comprehension of this issue. A common explanation for the low contraceptive acceptability among the minority is the belief that medical interventions like these are not for their best interest. That is the case given past tendency of discriminating the minority populations. Furthermore, the coercive nature of some family planning programs has resulted in mistrust of the true intentions of birth controlling among the minority groups (Dehlendorf et.al, 2010). As such, there is a low number of minority persons undertaking family planning services.
Despite the existence of factors hindering the taking up birth control measures by the minority persons, there are multiple reasons why this should not be the case. For instance, the birth control in the current age entails several alternatives that give all health care recipients a broad range of methods to choose according to their preferences. As such, it is all-inclusive and not discriminatory to a particular culture. The two commonly used contraceptive methods are the pill and male condoms despite the availability of many contraceptive methods (Johnson, Pion, & Jennings, 2013). Their preference across Europe and USA is due to reasons such as reliability, user friendliness, and availability. Other contraceptive methods rarely used include but not limited to Mirena, implant, IUCD, hormonal injections and natural methods like withdrawal and persona methods. Evidently, with such range of options, it is not comprehensible the exemption of minority cultures from family planning.
Lastly, the achievements that come with family planning practices are also worth noting since they are vital in showing the essence of this matter. Firstly, it ensures that women have the independence to dictate when to have babies and the number that is manageable to them. Also, with birth controlling, the rates of unintended pregnancies, adolescent pregnancies, and abortion have significantly decreased in the USA (Dehlendorf et.al, 2010). Clearly, with such instances, it is beyond doubt that birth control is an important aspect of the childbearing process.
In closure, birth control as a childbearing practice element is essential in the contemporary world. Such is the case given the successes associated with the practice, for instance, a decreased rate of unintended pregnancies. Culturally, however, the outcomes of family planning differ. A case in point the minority groups have low prevalence rates of using such services as compared to other population groups. As such, cultural consideration in the provision of family planning services is of the essence in ensuring this challenge is non-existent. However, failure to do so will only heighten this challenge for the unforeseeable future.
Dehlendorf, C., Rodriguez, M. I., Levy, K., Borrero, S., &Steinauer, J. (2010). Disparities in family planning. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 202(3), 214-220.
Johnson, S., Pion, C., & Jennings, V. (2013).Current methods and attitudes of women towards contraception in Europe and America. Reproductive health, 10(1), 1.