International Conference on Family Planning 2009

Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

Labor Pains: Wives Want Their Husbands There

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Presenting findings from a study authored by Oladosu Ojengbede (University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria), Stan Becker (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), and others, Stella Okonkwo addressed the role of husbands during their wives’ delivery of their children.

According to Okonkwo, an obstetrician-gynecologist with University College Hospital, Ibadan, there is evidence that Nigerian women desire their husbands’ support during childbirth. The husband’s support and presence, data shows, are associated with better outcomes in the infant’s health.

In a study among Nigerian women and men, data showed that women whose husbands were present during childbirth were more likely to use contraceptives than those whose husbands were not present. Also, among the group whose husbands supported their wives during childbirth, the husbands were more likely to initiate the use of modern contraceptives among their wives.

Written by C. Grillo | JHSPH

November 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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