Role of Husbands' Awareness in Enhancing Postpartum Maternal Health in Rural Islamabad: A Cross-Sectional Analysis"

  • Taqdees Iftikar Akhtar Saeed Medical College, Rawalpindi
  • Dr. Nida Khaliq Akhtar Saeed Medical College, Islamabad
  • Dr. Javeria Faisal Akhtar Saeed Medical College, Islamabad
  • Dr. Saima Qamar Akhtar Saeed Medical College, Islamabad
  • Dr. Razia Rauf Maryam Memorial Hospital, Rawalpindi
Keywords: Postpartum care, maternal health, paternal involvement, educational interventions, maternal and infant health outcomes



The present study aimed to evaluate the awareness of husbands in rural Islamabad regarding postpartum needs and complications and to determine the impact of this awareness on maternal health practices.


The investigation was conducted at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Akhtar Saeed Medical College, Islamabad, from January to June 2023. This analytical cross-sectional study included 60 postpartum women. Data were collected using structured questionnaires that gathered information on demographics, socioeconomic factors, and postpartum care awareness. Python was used for statistical evaluation, focusing on correlation analysis between the independent variables (Age, Rural/Urban residence, and education) and dependent variables related to postpartum care.


The results of the study indicated a significant correlation between educational attainment and knowledge of diet and nutrition during the postpartum period. This underscores the critical role of education in enhancing postpartum care knowledge among new fathers and demonstrates that well-informed fathers can have a significant and positive impact on maternal and infant health outcomes.


In conclusion, this study emphasizes the importance of including fathers in maternal health education programs and advocates comprehensive educational strategies that encourage active participation in postpartum care. Such involvement is crucial for improving healthcare practices, promoting equitable decision-making within families, and reducing maternal and infant mortality rates. Policies and interventions should be adapted to incorporate expectant fathers, ensuring that they are adequately prepared to provide support to their partners throughout the childbirth and postpartum period.

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