Title : Chinese Husbands’ Involvement in Prenatal Care: Perceptions of Pregnant Multigravida Women in Women’s Hospital, Hangzhou, China
Aim: To determine the perceptions of pregnant multigravida women on the level of their husband’s involvement during the prenatal period and factors affecting it at maternity healthcare settings in Hangzhou, China
- Identify areas of prenatal care at maternity healthcare settings which are accessible for husbands to be involved
- Identify possible barriers and facilitators for husbands’ involvement in prenatal care
- Determine the perceptions of the pregnant multigravida women towards husbands’ involvement in prenatal care at the maternity healthcare settings in Hangzhou
- Develop strategies that will promote husbands’ involvement in prenatal care in Hangzhou
Research Design: A quantitative study using open ended questionnaires conducted among multigravida pregnant women who attended antenatal care at the Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.
Study population and sampling: The study population was all pregnant gravid two women who attended their prenatal care at the Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Settings of the study: Antenatal clinic and In-patient wards in Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Results: Six women participated in this research study when they attended their antenatal care appointments at the Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University. They all agreed that husbands’ involvement during pregnancy particularly in prenatal care plays an important part in achieving successful delivery outcomes. Although there were some barriers identified including the nature of their husband’s work and their commitments to the working situations.
Conclusion: Husband’s participation today is considered as an important strategy in achieving the MDGs such as women’s empowerment, gender equality and maternal health promotion. The knowledge gained from the findings would be used to formulate strategies for promoting factors that enhance husband involvement during prenatal care.