Luciana, a 38 year-old housewife, lives in a remote Guatemalan village with her husband and their 5 children. Scarce jobs and limited access to farm land in their region make it a daily struggle to put food on the table; any more children would prove an impossible strain.
Luciana had not been able to access family planning services until a WINGS nurse came to her community to give a reproductive health and family planning charla, or talk. There, for the first time, Luciana learned about the importance of family planning and the types of methods available. Afterwards, she spoke privately with the WINGS nurse to discuss her options and understood that because of her age any more pregnancies could prove dangerous to her health and that of the child. Luciana took a family planning information sheet home to look through with her husband, and together they decided that a tubal ligation would be their best option. Normally, this simple operation would not only be too expensive for women like Luciana, but also unavailable to her rural community where health services are severely lacking. Fortunately, WINGS was able to guide Luciana to one of their subsidized tubal ligation clinic in a neighboring town a few days later. After a safe and successful operation, Luciana and her husband can now focus on taking care of their existing children with more security for the future.
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