This study provides an understanding of women’s perspective on men’s involvement in antenatal care, labor, and childbirth in Ghana’s Northern Region.
Researchers collected data for this cross‐sectional study from 300 pregnant women using a structured questionnaire. Logistic regression models were then used to determine the socio‐demographic factors associated with women’s perspectives on men’s involvement in antenatal care, labor, and childbirth.
More than four-fifths of the women in this study express the desire for male partner involvement in ANC services and as companions during labor and childbirth. We found that married women were 9.8 times more likely to encourage male participation in ANC than unmarried women. The probability of encouraging male involvement in ANC decreased with increased education levels among the women. In contrast, support for male companionship during childbirth increased significantly with an increased level of education. In contrast, women who attained secondary or tertiary level education expressed the desire for male companionship in labor and childbirth in the adjusted model.
The study concluded that male involvement in antenatal care, labor, and childbirth received overwhelming support from the women in this study.