“Child spacing” is a term that is often used as part of family planning. It means figuring out when you want to have your first baby, and then knowing how long you should wait to have your next. Please visit one of our Family Planning Resources to learn more about this vital information.
We suggest that if you’ve had a child, it’s healthiest to wait at least 2 years after the previous birth before attempting to have another baby. Having children close together can be a financial burden, and create more stress. Be sure to keep child care and your employment situation in mind when you’re making plans for your first or your next child.
IFHC’s Family Planning Resource staff members can talk privately to help you create what’s known as a Reproductive Life Plan to decide the best spacing of your children for you and your family. Low-cost or free birth control is also available.