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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1467-1475

Attitudes and barriers toward the presence of husbands with their wives in the delivery room during childbirth in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


1 College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ashwaq Awadh Alharbi
College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_170_18

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Objectives: The objective of the study is to assess the husbands' attitudes toward their presence with their wives during childbirth in the delivery room and to determine the barriers that prevent their presence. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at two tertiary hospitals in Riyadh. Data were collected from a total of 250 husbands whom were selected randomly in the waiting areas of the delivery rooms and asked to participate in this study by filling a questionnaire after giving informed consent; data were collected during the period between December 2016 and April 2017. Results: The majority (95.6%) were Saudi and had only one wife. The positive mean score for the attitude increased significantly with increasing educational level (P < 0.01). The highest positive attitude was mainly for the item “It is calming for the mother.” Conversely, the highest negatively scored item was “my presence with my wife in the delivery room is insulting to my manhood” and “our culture is against a husband attending his wife's childbirth” (1.91 ± 1.12). The hospital system and not having a private room for their wives were the most identified barriers to the husband's presence in the delivery room. Conclusions: Increased level of education has better outcomes on husbands' attitudes toward supporting their wives in the delivery room. Authors recommend flexible hospital policies to support husbands' presences with their wives in the delivery room and provide privacy for them during childbirth, such will provide psychosocial support to the wife, and it is an important part in transition to a mother-friendly hospitals.


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