Husbands need to be more involved in their wife’s pregnancy! The involvement of husbands in their wife’s pregnancy has a lot to do with the success of their wife’s pregnancy, women whose husbands are not involved in their pregnancy are more at risk of maternal death. A study conducted in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, examined 62 cases of maternal death and 248 cases of successful birth.
Husband/partner involvement was measured by asking questions about:
- his involvement in planning transportation
- his attendance at the antenatal clinic (also during previous pregnancies)
- his encouragement of the woman to attend the clinic
- his influence over decision-making about when/where to get antenatal care
- his participation in discussions about family planning, antenatal care and delivery
We know from other research reported on this website that husbands can be highly influential over decision-making during pregnancy and respond well to having more and better information about the health benefits of engaging with health services.
The case of women who have strong support network will be different though, women that has a mother, friend or family members who are always around her have a better chance that one who is doing everything all by herself and has no support system at all.
Posted on 5th May 2016 by Family Included Team in Maternal death