Assessment of Decision Making about Pregnancy and Delivery
Most often the pool of maternal deaths, accounting for about one-sixth of the deaths were contributed by India.1As we are approaching the deadline for Millennium development goals, the need for improving the standard of maternal care is getting more necessary.(2)Even though many policies and programs have been designed to improve the reproductive health worldwide, high maternal morbidity and mortality continue to persist in many resource-poor settings. (3)The most important approach to alleviating this problem has been to strengthen the knowledge, attitudes and practices of women of reproductive age. Maternal morbidity and mortality are largely preventable through the provision of antenatal care, institutional delivery and timely postnatal care.(6,7) the objectives of the study are to explore the role of different individuals and to correlate their influence on overall decision making during pregnancy and delivery. The current study is a Cross-sectional type of Hospital based study done Acharya Vinoba Bhave Rural Hospital, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha. The study participant included were the pregnant women admitted at Acharya Vinobha Bhave rural hospital and their husbands at the time of the study. This study contributes to existing literature in finding that women in India do not have independent control over their own maternal health decisions. A women’s care seeking behavior of their morbidities not only depends on her own perception but also on the factors of her perception of the husband and other family members.