Maternal Clinic Attendance : Does Husbands' Knowledge about Pregnancy and Childbirth have Influence on Intra-Household Decision-Making?

Mpawenimana, Abdallah Saidi and Bassoumah, Bougangue and Yusuf Sani, Bin Abubakar (2018) Maternal Clinic Attendance : Does Husbands' Knowledge about Pregnancy and Childbirth have Influence on Intra-Household Decision-Making? The Journal of Social Sciences Research (6). pp. 325-332. ISSN 2411-9458

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Abstract

Husbands are very influential in making decisions for maternal healthcare, and the quality and type of decision depend on the level of understanding of maternity. This study explores how husbands' knowledge about key signs of pregnancy and childbirth translates into wives' involvement in decision-making and the type of decisions made towards care-seeking. These qualitative data were generated from individual interviews involving thirty husbands whose spouses were receiving maternity care in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region of Ghana. Purposive and quota sampling were used to reach the participants. Irrespective of husbands' knowledge about maternity, cultural beliefs and traditional gender role expectations had a far-reaching effects on wives' involvement in decisionmaking and the type of decisions made towards care-seeking. Though most husbands with adequate knowledge about maternity were more liberal by involving their wives and respecting their views in the decision-making process, others tended to be more conservative by considering decision-making as men's space. Most decisions were individualistic and male-centred. Healthcare promotion programmes should be directed towards changing the mindset of men about cultural beliefs and gender roles in relation to maternity care. There should be provision of education on pregnancy and childbirth and the associated benefits and dangers to equip men on how to recognise pregnancy-related complications to enable them to reach informed decisions for care-seeking.

Item Type: E-Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge; Pregnancy and childbirth; Husbands; Decision; Care-seeking; Gender roles; Cultural beliefs,unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 01:22
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 01:22
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/24367

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