THE SIZE OF a family is a woman’s choice, but there needs to be a discussion on how best to facilitate larger families in Barbados, says new executive director of the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA), Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland.
After a Press conference yesterday to officially introduce her at the BFPA’s offices on Bay Street, St Michael, Bynoe-Sutherland weighed in on the issue of increasing the island’s population in order to reap economic benefits.
“The Family Planning Association has some foundational principles that the size of a family is the woman’s choice. Some people can afford a larger family and we advocate making services available that people can get the kind of information, education and support
to make those kinds of choices,” she said.
Bynoe-Sutherland, wife of St George South Member of Parliament Dwight Sutherland, said while the objective of the association was never to keep families small, they had facilitated such by helping women make educated choices concerning their bodies and helping to ensure young women were not exploited.
She said some larger countries were now offering a variety of incentives for people to have larger families but Barbados was not ready for something like that at this time.