Unplanned births creating social problems?

Unplanned pregnancies are contributing to social problems in Saint Lucia, the Programme Manager at the Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood Association, Geralda Bray, has said.

Bray believes that most pregnancies in Saint Lucia are not planned.

But she expressed the view that if a couple who are mature have a loving relationship, have family support on both sides and are employed, even if an unplanned pregnancy happens, they can handle such a situation.

However the Family Planning official asserted that without such circumstances, an unplanned birth creates additional pressure and has a negative impact.

She said there are a number of mitigating factors which impact children as a direct result of unplanned pregnancies, especially among young people.

Bray asserted that many times young people are not emotionally mature to handle the responsibility of being a parent.

She noted that as a result, a large part of the parenting is left to the woman and a burden is put on the grandparents in helping to raise the child.

“In addition there could be conflicts that would allow the child to fall through the cracks, because the mother – her role as the one with the chief responsibility of making decisions, would be taken up by the grandparents,” Bray told the Times.

She said a tug of war ensues between the mother and the grandparents in terms of what is right for the child and what is acceptable.

Bray explained that as a result, the child gets mixed messages leading to confusion.

“A lot of times you find children in that situation do not have that discipline and the environment where they can learn what is right from what is wrong because of all the confusion,” the Family Planning official said.

She said:

“Planning your family means that you have thought about what it means to be a parent – you have decided that you want to play that role, you are are ready, mature enough, have the finances, the family support and the structure.”

According to Bray,  the decision to have a child is a very ‘consequential’ one.

“Once the child arrives there is no saying whether the child will have a disability – there are so many variables, particularly if you find people who are living in poverty or below the poverty level, that alone will place the child at a disadvantage,” she told the Times.

However Bray made it clear that being poor does not necessarily mean that children  will succumb, but she explained that is is a factor that could create risk.


  1. Anonymous
    January 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    and ppl want to get vex when the antiguan pastor tells them that.. only go forth and multiply when u have the resources to do so. smh

    1. LB
      January 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm


  2. LB
    January 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    This “dilemma” should have been made public years ago!!! This factor has also brought about extremely low family values. Personally, I find the SLPPA not “voiceful” or prolific enough regarding teen pregnancies, unwanted pregnancies, women and family values. These issues are a burden on the economy, and well being of St Lucia.

  3. Cascadela
    January 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Years ago the government address this nothing tangible was done. Its 2017,tgere is no real.program in plce to keep young people occupied build their skills ,there are so many great talents on the island its all going to waste in drugs and alcohol i want to see achange it dont take much

  4. Me soaps
    January 20, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Well religion loves to tell ppl be fruitful and multiply , once you married they love to question why u not having children

  5. Rage
    January 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    abort them all. chimps love to multiply

    1. Lawyer lier tiff
      January 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Those chimps will wipe yurr f in race clean. You mutant retard.it’s jus a matter of time. If yurr mama din make u u wudnt be derr to talk rubish

  6. Anonymous
    January 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Row Row
    The Government should start carrying out survives to see how much children is already living in a house hold before the woman can have another one…is only poor ppl is doing these wicked things to them self’s N slot of teenagers r funding them self pregnant. N the father for the child is no way to b found wat a shame we need to fix this smh.

  7. Lawyer lier tiff
    January 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

    So u ehh want us to make children?
    Low birthrate = Chinese, whites etc comin in, lost culture, lost land, less Innovation from our people,
    More foreign influences, racism, less power.
    Were u planned? were all great people planned.? The so called educated people are havin less or no kids how smart is dat. So who will make da kids if da smart ones don’t want any and the poor is to poor to make? It’s already balanced so don’t push it. It’s da same nonsense margret sanger was advocating to kill black people thru birth control is the same shate we pushing. A people without history is a people lost. If yurr mother din make u u wudnt be derr to say dat nonsense.during slavery children wasn’t enough not it to much?

  8. Anonymous
    January 21, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Go forth and learn



    Historians and scholars who’ve examined Sanger’s correspondence, as Salon reported in 2011, challenge those who call the activist racist.

    Much of the controversy stems from a 1939 letter in which Sanger outlined her plan to reach out to black leaders — specifically ministers — to help dispel community suspicions about the family planning clinics she was opening in the South.

    “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members,” she wrote. It was, as the Washington Post called it, an “inartfully written” sentence, but one that, in context, describes the sort of preposterous allegations she feared

  9. Vibz
    January 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    It is my experience that every time you try to make a positive difference in people’s lives you get severely criticized. The message, advice and concerns from the Planned Parenthood official are reasonable. There is no reason to distort her words or deliberately misconstrue her message. The home is the most important institution in the community. When the home becomes dysfunctional, society becomes dysfunctional also. Many of our youths suffer because of lack of parental guidance. The father is mostly missing and the mother becomes overwhelmed with the enormity of raising children without any support financially and otherwise. Planning a family is of utmost importance. Maximum Respect to all those mothers and fathers of Single Parent Homes who endeavor to do their very best for their children. May God bless you abundantly.

  10. Catchmeifyoucan
    January 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I thought the population was on a decline that’s why they’re giving away200,000.00 passport.

  11. Anonymous
    January 21, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    It’s that viagra thing dem man taking …what’s it called?…contributing to social erosion