Are Husbands Involving in Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness for their Wives’ Pregnancies?: A Cross-Sectional Study in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

  • May Chan OO College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • San San Myint Aung
  • Alessio Panza
Keywords: Husbands, Pregnant Women, Involvement, Birth preparedness and complication readiness, Nay Pyi Taw

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Husbands’ involvement in birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR) has been encouraged as a new approach to improve maternal health for safe motherhood since 2000. However, Myanmar is a patriarchy society and despite the strong domination of husbands on the health of their families, their role and involvement in maternal health are still limited.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess husbands’ involvement in BP/CR for their pregnant wives in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: The research was a cross sectional study which was carried out through a structured questionnaire among 198 husbands of pregnant women aged 18 years and above in Nay Pyi Taw.

RESULTS: The results showed that 42.4% of husbands included in the study had poor involvement in BP/CR for safe motherhood. Approximately 38% of husbands failed to plan health facility for delivery, 45% did not plan for a skilled birth attendant, 20% did not save money for the delivery, 43% neglected transportation arrangement and 66% did not identify a blood donor in case of emergency. Husbands having good knowledge and positive attitude were significantly (p-value <0.001) involved in BP/CR as compared to those who did not. In addition, husbands who planned the pregnancy along with wives were involved in BP/CR more than those who did not and association was significant at p<0.001.

Conclusion: Level of husbands’ involvement in BP/CR is slightly low for their wives’ pregnancies. It was, therefore, recommended that effective husband involvement intervention programmes should be promoted at all levels of healthcare for safe motherhood.

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Author Biographies

San San Myint Aung

President, Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Alessio Panza

College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Published
2019-04-18
How to Cite
Chan OO, M., Aung, S. S., & Panza, A. (2019). Are Husbands Involving in Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness for their Wives’ Pregnancies?: A Cross-Sectional Study in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. International Healthcare Research Journal, 3(1), 23-31. https://doi.org/10.26440/IHRJ/0301.04.521070
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