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Table 5 Male knowledge and attitudes about pregnancy and childbirth in Bauchi and Cross River States, Nigeria

From: Male responsibility and maternal morbidity: a cross-sectional study in two Nigerian states

  Bauchi State Cross River State
Men interviewed 2433 2623
  Weighted Unweighted Weighted Unweighted
Know any danger in pregnancy (1) 31.1% 31.0% 706/2276 37.1% 35.9% 874/2432
Know danger signs in childbirth (2) 44.7% 41.7% 947/2273 38.1% 37.8% 921/2435
Agree male health workers can do antenatal checkups 28.6% 30.4% 714/2352 82.2% 82.1% 2033/2477
Agree male health worker can do deliveries 21.9% 23.6% 554/2351 76.1% 76.1% 1886/2477
Agree it's good pregnant women get together to talk 94.2% 95.5% 2243/2350 94.3% 94.4% 2331/2469
Agree that women should give up heavy work in pregnancy 45.1% 40.2% 944/2351 44.4% 44.3% 1099/2479
Agree it's not okay for pregnant women to smoke cigarettes 77.8% 80.3% 1888/2352 90.6% 90.7% 2249/2480
Agree women with birth complications should deliver at a health facility 98.3% 98.5% 2313/2348 99.0% 98.9% 2451/2478
Believe women sometimes deserve to be beaten 9.8% 8.8% 205/2339 29.3% 29.2% 723/2475
Believe “in my culture, it is acceptable for a man to beat his wife” 7.5% 6.9% 161/2342 20.8% 20.5% 506/2472
Believe violence between a man and a women is private and others should not interfere 46.3% 45.6% 1069/2344 73.9% 74.8% 1852/2475
Willing to take time to accompany wife if she had danger in childbirth 70.3% 68.8% 1531/2226 97.6% 97.4% 2321/2382
Willing to spend on transport for wife if she had danger in childbirth 96.6% 96.6% 2209/2288 86.1% 87.2% 2118/2429
In future, if wife had danger in childbirth, would take her to health facility 96.2% 96.9% 2203/2273 92.7% 93.5% 2279/2438
Main source of information on pregnancy and childbirth     
Don't get any 4.1% 4.2% 96/2316 2.4% 2.6% 63/2468
Family/friends 26.5% 26.3% 610/2316 23.6% 24.2% 596/2468
Media 43.3% 39.1% 905/2316 17.0% 16.9% 417/2468
Health worker 26.0% 30.3% 702/2316 55.3% 54.5% 1344/2468
  1. 1. Any of the following responses: pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, fever, bleeding, lap pain, high blood pressure, cord appears, breech/wrong presentation of baby, vomiting, fits/convulsions, uncontrolled urination, baby movements not felt, weakness, anaemia, jaundice, water coming out, malaria
  2. 2. Any of the following responses: malposition, premature labour, prolapse, retained placenta, uncontrolled urine, stillbirth, prolonged/obstructed labour, anaemia, weakness, low blood pressure, sepsis, fever, vaginal cut