Kemfon A. Essien, Udeme S. Etok and Mercy I. Effiong
Department of Geography and Natural Resources Management
University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria
This study examined the knowledge, notions and practice of family planning among child bearing women in rural Akwa Ibom State. A total of 550 respondents were selected randomly from 55 rural communities where primary health care services are provided for pregnant women. Data on the socio-demographic and economic status of respondents as well as their knowledge, notions and utilization of family planning were collected through a well-structured questionnaire. Frequency counts of responses and their corresponding percentages were calculated and presented in tables. Sixty- nine percent of respondents expressed fair knowledge of family planning and a moderate utilization level tilted towards the natural methods. The majority of respondents appear to hold misconstrued notions on family planning shaped by cultural, economic and religion biases. Re-orientation, re-sensitization and mental re-construction should form the main package of future family planning campaign in rural areas.
Keywords: Family Planning; Knowledge; Notions; Rural Women; Utilization, Akwa Ibom State.