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Knowledge and Attitude of Men Towards Participation In Their Wives’ Perinatal Care
Farzaneh Soltani1, Manizheh Majidi2, Fatemeh Shobeiri3, Parisa Parsa4, Ghodratollah Roshanaei5
1Research Center for Mother and Child Care, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
2Student Research Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
3Research Center for Mother and Child Care, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
4Research Center for Chronic Diseases Home care, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
5Modeling of Noncommunicable Diseases Research Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran


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Keywords : Perinatal care, Men, Participation, Knowledge, Attitude
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Abstract
Objective: Improving the maternal health require an understanding of the men's level of knowledge as well as attitude about participation in their wives’ perinatal care in different societies. The present study aims to investigate men's knowledge and attitude about participation in their nulliparous wives’ perinatal care.

Materials and Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, 300 husbands of nulliparous women completed the questionnaire of “men's knowledge and attitude about participation in prenatal care”, in a referral perinatal care clinic in Hamadan, Iran, in 2015.

Results: The level of knowledge about the wives’ perinatal care in more than half of the men (58 %) was poor and in nearly half of them (41.7%) was moderate. Based on the perinatal care axes, the knowledge level of 59.7% , 69.7%, 52.3 %, 63.3%, 64.7%, 66.7%, 51.7%, 62%, 84%, and 78.7% of the men was poor in the axes of physical changes, general health, nutrition, exercise, sexual health, risk signs, mental and psychological changes in pregnancy, delivery, puerperium, and neonatal care, respectively. None of men had good knowledge about the axes related to postpartum care (including puerperium and neonatal care). Further, the majority of men (65.3 %) had a positive attitude toward participation in perinatal care.

Conclusion: In the present study, the emphasis was put on the need for training the men interested in participating in various perinatal care axes, especially physical changes during pregnancy, prenatal nutrition, risk signs during pregnancy, and maternal as well as neonatal postpartum cares.

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