Knowledge of Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness: Male Perspective in Benin City, Edo State


  • AI Obi Department of Community Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State
  • HO Okojie Department of Community Health, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria


Birth preparedness and complication readiness, Knowledge, Male respondents


AIM:This study was carried out to assess knowledge of birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPACR) and associated factors among male respondents in Benin City, with a view to improving their participation and support in maternal and child health interventions.
METHOD: A community based analytical cross sectional study was conducted in Benin City. Interviewer administered pretested structured questionnaires were used to interview 237 consenting male partners/family members of pregnant women in selected communities in Benin City. Data collected was sorted for completeness, coded, entered and analysed using SPSS version 20.0 statistical software. Results were presented as pros, tables and figures; bivariate and multivariate analysis was carried out in line with study objective, statistical significance was set at p˂0.050 and 95% confidence interval.
RESULTS: The mean age of male respondents studied was 37.8 ± 9.9 years, 191(75.8%) of them were in the Upper Socio-economic class (SEC) while 61(24.2%) in Lower SEC.In relation to knowledge of BPACR, 219(92.4%) of them had good knowledge while 18(7.6%) had fair knowledge of BPACR. Awareness of BP (OR=0.131; 95% (CI) 0.051 - 0.334; p <0.001) was the only significant predictor identified that influenced knowledge of BPACR. Respondents who never heard of Birth Preparedness (BP) were 7.7 times less likely of having good knowledge of BPACR than those who had heard of BP.
CONCLUSION: Majority of respondents had good knowledge of BPACR. There is need to sustain this level of knowledge on BPACR, through regular awareness and sensitization programmes involving men as relevant stakeholders needed for the success of maternal and child health interventions