The Frontiers in Reproductive Health program, a USAID-funded project of the Population Council is conducting an operations research (OR) study that investigates the effects of male participation in a new model of maternity care that is gender sensitive and provided at the primary-care level. The immediate objectives are to increase the use of family planning methods in the postpartum period and to promote STI primary preventive practices in men and women. The three-year study called Men in Maternity (MiM) is being conducted in South Africa and India. In India, the project is collaborating with the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The MiM intervention is facilitating the inclusion of men in their wives' antenatal and postpartum care with couple and individual counseling during pregnancy and at six weeks postpartum. The data presented in this update derives from a detailed Preliminary Findings Report. Interviews, conducted from November 2000 to November 2001, took place in all cases only after consent was first given by the women.
Mishra, Anurag, Leila Caleb-Varkey, Anjana Das, Emma Ottolenghi, Dale Huntington, Susan E. Adamchak, and Shahina Begum. 2002. "Men in maternity study: A summary of the findings from pre-intervention interviews with women and their husbands attending antenatal clinics at ESIC facilities in Delhi," FRONTIERS Research Update. New Delhi: Population Council.
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