Brief - Jordan Healthy Birth Spacing Saves Lives
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Source: 
Higher Population Council
Authors: 
Higher Population Council
Geographic Area: 
National
Year Published: 
2013
Type of research: 
Quantitative
Abstract: 

 The Higher Population Council  Issued The Brief - Jordan Healthy Birth Spacing Saves Lives, it explain that healthy birth spacing reduces the risk of illness and saves the lives of mothers, newborns, infants, and children. Moreover, it represents a path to achieving Jordan€™s goals related to population growth.
The World Health Organization€™s Recommendations that couples wait at least 2 years after a birth before attempting another pregnancy.
Also Giving birth approximately 3 years after the previous birth would save 100,000 infant lives between2010 and 2040.
 
The Brief - Jordan Healthy Birth Spacing Saves Lives contains:
- Birth Spacing in Jordan:
 If current birth spacing patterns continue, many lives could be lost; between 2010 and 2040, the
total number of deaths among infants (5 weeks to 1 year old) could reach 211,000.
- Impact of Inadequate Birth Spacing:
Healthy birth spacing can help prevent illness and death. Births spaced three years apart instead of two years apart could lower the risk of an infant dying by 38 percent.
 
Recommendations: 
- Support informed decision making related to family planning programs.
- Integrate and provide family planning services to help mothers adequately space their births.
- Ensure policies for counseling couples, wives, husbands, mothers-in-law, and children about the benefits of healthy birth spacing and the consequences of births spaced too close together.
- Train healthcare providers to counsel women and couples on the benefits of healthy birth spacing and modern family planning services.