Women’s perception of male involvement during pregnancy and labour in University College Hospital, Ibadan

In Nigeria, male involvement practice is almost a mirage in term of labour and delivery support among women. In spite, of it help at reducing complications.

A recent study conducted by Iyanuoluwa O. Ojo of the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria was aimed at assessing the perception of different tribes towards male involvement during pregnancy and labour, the educated, non-educated, employed, unemployed and perceived barriers respectively. A descriptive cross-sectional research design was employed.

Self-structured questionnaires were used to elicit information. Descriptive statistics were used to present results and hypotheses tested with chi square P≥ 0.05. Majority of the respondents were Yoruba (91%) and they had a good perception. Furthermore, (94%) of the educated had good perception and (57%) employed respondents had a good perception. About, 48.6% of the respondents opined that major barrier to male involvement is lack of adequate infrastructure. Therefore, there is a great need to address infrastructure and hospital policy, that will in turn lead to a good outcome for labour in women.

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