Family Planning

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Family planning is deciding the desired size of your family and spacing of having children that is right for you.  It involves choosing a birth control or prevention method that is best for you to  prevent an unexpected pregnancy. At least two years between the birth of one baby to becoming  pregnant with the next is recommended to allow your body to recover and time to bond with your new baby.

Things to Consider

  • Is family planning a part of my life?
  • What methods of birth control have I used in the past?
  • What is an ideal number of months or years to have between my children?
  • Do my partner and I have the same ideas about this topic?
  • How long do I want to wait before having another child?

Every woman has the right to manage her fertility and choosing a birth control method is a very personal decision.  It is based on several important factors such as individual preference, medical history, lifestyle, effectiveness, safety and cost. You have options.

How to Access Family Planning Services

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Department of Health (DOH) have implemented the Family Planning Medicaid Waiver Program, also known as Family Planning Medicaid for Today’s Woman. It is special Medicaid coverage that provides family planning and limited women’s health services. If you qualify for this coverage, you can use it at any health care provider that accepts Medicaid and provides family planning services. Even if you do not qualify for health insurance coverage, you can still get low-cost birth control services and other
health care services at the Florida Department of Health in Broward County.

You can go online to http://www.browardchd.org/HealthServices.aspx for more information or to print an application. For appointments at the Florida Department of Health Broward County, call 954-467-4705.

Completed Family Planning Medicaid Waiver applications must be mailed to:

Florida Department of Health Broward County
FPMW/Social Services
780 SW 24th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

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