A qualitative exploration of the meaning and understanding of male partner involvement in pregnancy-related care among men in rural South Africa

SOURCE: Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.Matseke, R.A.C.Ruiter, N.Barylski, V.J.Rodriquez, D.L.Jones, S.M.Weiss, K.Peltzer, G.Setswe, S.Sifunda
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10236
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/11790
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11790

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Male partner involvement (MPI) during antenatal care has been promoted as an effective intervention to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. Although MPI is commonly defined as men attending antenatal clinic visits with their female partner, few men attend antenatal clinic visits in rural communities in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa. The study aimed to qualitatively explore the meaning and understanding of MPI as perceived by men visiting primary health care clinics in rural communities in Mpumalanga. Six focus groups discussions (n = 53) were conducted, digitally recorded, simultaneously transcribed, and translated verbatim into English. Data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Perceptions of male roles during and after pregnancy differed among men. Male involvement was understood as giving instrumental support to female partners through financial help, helping out with physical tasks, and providing emotional support.