Prepping Consideration – Birth Control

There is a widely held belief, somewhat backed up by statistics, that about nine months after a bad power outage, blizzard, or other regional emergency, there is a high number of births. While there are certainly many other less fun ways to wile away the hours waiting for the power to be restored or the roads to be cleared, having a newborn child is something that would ideally be a well thought out proposition.

When we look at extreme long-term disasters, such as a pandemic or economic collapse, things get even more complicated. Women have, of course, been having babies in turbulent times since time began. But like size XXXL spandex, just because you CAN doesn’t always mean you SHOULD. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about procreation. What I’m saying though is you might consider adding forms of birth control to your preps so you are in a position to better choose the timing of when you procreate.

Since preppers are all about multi-purpose items when possible, keep in mind that non-lubricated condoms can also serve as water skins, particularly if you place them in a sock for cushioning.

Nine months after a power outage might well be a fine time to have a baby. Nine months after an economic collapse though, maybe not so much.

Just food for thought.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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