International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Vol.2(4),pp. 43-48,April 2015
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IRJPEH/
Article 15/ID/JPRH011/ 06 pages
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Original Research Article
Perceptions, beliefs and attitudes of expectant women towards male midwives conducting deliveries in health institutions in Zambia
Precious Bwalya1, Patrick Kolala2, Edward Mazyopa3, Baptista Mofya4 and Catherine M Ngoma5
1Chikankata Mission Hospital, Private/Bag 1 Chikankata, Southern Province Zambia.
2Chilonga Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, P.O. Box 450030, Chilonga, Mpika, Muchinga Province Zambia.
3Petauke District Hospital, P/A, Box Petauke, Eastern Province Zambia.
4Kabwe General Hospital, P.O. Box 80784, Kabwe, Central Province, Zambia.
5School of Medicine, Department of Nursing Sciences, P.O. Box 50110, Lusaka, Zambia.
*Corresponding Author Email: catherinengoma(at)yahoo.com
The objective of the study was to determine perceptions, beliefs and attitudes of the expectant women towards male midwives conducting deliveries in health institutions of Chikankata, Kabwe, Mansa and Petauke districts. A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted on 200 pregnant women attending antenatal clinic selected using simple random sampling method. A pretested interview schedule was used to collect data. Data generated was analysed using simple frequencies and percentages then presented in tabular form. The findings were that pregnant women were aware of the; need for maternal health care for women at birth, male midwives conducting deliveries in health institutions, appreciated male midwives, had never been delivered by a male midwife, had no religious beliefs preventing them from being delivered by a male midwife, agreed it was taboo for male midwives to conduct deliveries; said midwifery was a female career because they were more caring and nurturing, disagreed that male midwives were kind to patients under their care, wouldn’t deliver at a health institution where there is a male midwife. Findings revealed many wouldn’t accept to be delivered by a younger male, wouldn’t want husbands present when a male midwife assists them deliver. Many agreed that male midwives were skilled professionals, trusted female midwives, were fine with female midwives, wouldn’t want to share my obstetric information with a male midwife caring for them. There is need to intensity health education to encourage pregnant women to utilise birth skilled attendants regardless of gender in order to reduce maternal mortality.
Key words: Perceptions, beliefs, attitude, male midwives, deliveries, health institutions