Responding to the Needs of First-Time Parents

“With family planning, you can space your children... You can rest your mind, think of ways for income to come in before having another child again, when you are ready.” —Sandra, First-Time Mother, Nigeria

Why Focus on First-Time Parents?

Young first-time mothers and fathers are uniquely vulnerable, often starting their reproductive lives without critical information and health services. Just think of the difference we can make by reaching first-time parents with a continuum of care—designed to address the specific needs and challenges they face as they navigate through this pivotal stage in their lives.

E2A is breaking ground with first-time parents. In Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Tanzania, we promote a carefully sequenced package of information and services to address their immediate reproductive health needs and facilitate their action to improve their family’s wellbeing and future.


Health Needs. Inter-Relational Dynamics. Gender and Social Norms.

With E2A’s First-Time Parent Framework, you can explore and address the factors that influence young first-time parents’ health and wellbeing using a life-course and socio-ecological lens.

Addressing Complex Needs Across the Continuum

Are you an adolescent and youth reproductive health programmer? We now have evidence of the difference you can make by reaching first-time parents with tailored and timely care throughout this pivotal lifestage. 

Our Package of Interventions

We implement activities at various levels of the first-time parent universe. That’s how we improve first-time parents’ health-related knowledge, attitudes, communication, decision-making, and service use.



More Resources You Can Use


Get important information about FTPs served by our programs in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Tanzania.


Improving Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies/Family Planning and Related Gender Outcomes for First-Time Parents



Providing Family Planning and Reproductive Health to Young Married Women and First-Time Parents in West Africa.


For fresh evidence, insights, and how we can push this important field forward, read a recent blog from our experts.