Factors hindering male involvement in birth preparedness among mothers attending maternity ward at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital, Bushenyi district

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
In Uganda male involvement in birth preparedness is a complex process of social and behavioral change that requires men to play a more responsible role in child birth preparation. It not only implies to failure of men to attend ANC with their spouses but also refers to the need to change men’s attitude and behavior towards women’s health, to make them more supportive of women using health care services and sharing child-bearing activities, (Jansen I, 2009). The objectives of the study were, to find out the social cultural factors, the economic factors and the health service factors that hinder male involvement in birth preparedness among mothers attending maternity ward at KIU-TH. The study was conducted in maternity ward, Kampala International University Teaching Hospital-Ishaka town. It was a descriptive and cross sectional in which quantitative methods of data collection was used. A simple random sampling procedure was used in which a respondent was picked. Papers written on yes and no were put in a bucket, respondents allowed to pick one each; whoever picked yes was selected up to a number of 50 respondents. The study found out that, it is not cultural for men to accompany his wife to the hospital, although it was raised by the least number of respondents at 2(5.6%). The study found out that the majority of the husbands 69.4% remained at home looking for money to cater for any other needs after delivery and this hindered them from being involved in some birth preparedness events and this is common in many societies because it is men who usually provide to the family. 3(8.3%) the respondents said that their husbands felt that there is no waiting space for male attendants on maternity ward. Males have numerous excuses for not being involved in birth preparedness which should be addressed if safe motherhood is to be attained.
A research report submitted Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board for partial fulfilment of the requirement of Diploma in Nursing-Extension
Male involvement, Birth preparedness, Mothers attending maternity, Kampala International University Teaching Hospital, Bushenyi district