Some children «just happen», others are carefully planned. Some couples desperately long for a baby but can’t get pregnant, others are afraid to take on the responsibility for a child. There are unwanted teenage pregnancies, and there is unwanted childlessness. These factors influence how parents feel about pregnancy and children. Today, many couples try to plan a pregnancy carefully. But it isn’t always easy. It can take a while to get pregnant, even for a young and healthy couple.
Pregnancy is a precious time in a couple’s life. There is a whole new life to prepare for, and a new family member to welcome. Nowadays, most young people have never experienced the arrival of a child. A hundred years ago, young women learnt about pregnancy and childbirth from their mothers, aunts and older sisters. Today, we need special public health nurses, evening classes and midwives to give advice. While it is important to recognise the challenges, young people shouldn’t feel too anxious about becoming parents. When the baby is born, what young parents need most is good advice and support from family and professional carers. But no matter what everybody tells you: learn to trust your own instincts, too!
The Familienwegweiser Pro Familia also gives a variety of information regarding birth: www.profamilia.ch