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Men and Maternal Health

Men’s social support for women during pregnancy, labour and delivery results in positive maternal health outcomes.(70) In Guatemala, husbands often provide care and support during pregnancy, accompany their wives on antenatal visits, and are generally present or nearby during births at home; while they may not be with their wives who deliver in hospitals, they take care of baby-related preparations.(71) Research in Egypt shows that involving husbands in post-abortion care speeds their wives’ recovery and leads to greater contraceptive use afterward.(72)

Many men who want to be involved in the health of the women in their lives, however, are impeded by hospital regulations, work schedules or poor communication with their partners.

Getting male partners, extended families and community members to give more priority to women’s health care during pregnancy and the post-partum period has been a successful tactic in many programmes. For instance, the Pati Sampark project in India gives husbands information about pregnancy and birth, and points out specific roles that they can fill, including providing household help during pregnancy and making plans involving transportation.(73)

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