The Men in Maternity study investigated the feasibility, acceptability, and cost of a new, more comprehensive model of maternity care that encouraged husbands’ participation in their wives’ antenatal and postpartum care. The study was conducted in India, in collaboration with the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Delhi Directorate at their primary health facilities called dispensaries. The study found that men accompanied their wives to the clinics and participated actively in the intervention. There were significant changes in family planning knowledge and behaviors of both men and women; although there was little acknowledgement of STI risk, knowledge and use of dual protection did increase. Clients who participated in the intervention reported more discussions with providers and more satisfaction with family planning methods. With some changes in design to improve the impact of breastfeeding practices and STI knowledge and attitudes about risky behavior, the authors recommend that the total intervention package can be implemented and will have an impact on men and women’s reproductive health, future unwanted fertility, and consequently on pregnancy outcomes.
Caleb-Varkey, Leila, Anurag Mishra, Anjana Das, Emma Ottolenghi, Dale Huntington, Susan E. Adamchak, M.E. Khan, and Rick Homan. 2004. "Involving men in maternity care in India," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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