Original Research

Husbands’ participation in birth preparedness and complication readiness and associated factors in Wolaita Sodo town, Southern Ethiopia

Minyahil Tadesse, Andualem T. Boltena, Benedict O. Asamoah
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 10, No 1 | a1471 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1471 | © 2018 Minyahil Tadesse, Andualem T. Boltena, Benedict O. Asamoah | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 April 2017 | Published: 11 April 2018

About the author(s)

Minyahil Tadesse, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia
Andualem T. Boltena, School of Public Health, Lund University, Sweden
Benedict O. Asamoah, Social Medicine and Global Health, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden


Background: The poor emphasis on the role of husbands in birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPCR) is a major factor that should be addressed in tackling maternal mortality.
Aim: To assess the level of husbands’ participation in BPCR and associated factors.
Setting: Wolaita Sodo town, Southern Ethiopia.
Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted among 608 husbands of pregnant women and nursing mothers. Multivariate logistic regression model was used for the analysis.
Results: Forty-five per cent of husbands studied had poor participation in BPCR. Out of the total husbands studied, 40% (235) did not identify transportation, 49% (291) did not accompany their wives to antenatal care (ANC) clinic, 59% (350) did not identify skilled birth attendant, 26% (155) did not identify health facility for delivery and 30% (179) did not save money for emergency. Only 42% (250) of husbands had awareness of emergency conditions, while 75% (444) did not make postpartum plan. Husbands who knew the place of birth of the baby [adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 7.23; 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.98–17.54] and those who discussed with their wives about birth preparedness (AOR = 2.03; 95% CI: 1.37–3.02) were significantly more likely to participate in BPCR compared to those who did not.
Conclusion: Participation of husbands in BPCR was poor in the study area. The level of participation in relation to selection of service provider and health facility, financial and transportation planning for delivery and identifying blood donor needs attention to achieve better husband participation in BPCR.


birth preparedness and complication readiness; husbands participation; maternal health; Ethiopia


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