Dr. Jane Arnold
Paternal Perceptions of and Satisfaction with Group Prenatal Care in Botswana
Jane Arnold, DNP, CNM
Abigail Morgan, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC
Barbara Morrison, PhD, CNM

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Arnold, J., Morgan, A., Morrison, B. (2014). Paternal perceptions of and satisfaction with group prenatal care in Botswana. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 4(2), 17-26. doi:10.9730/ojccnh.org/v4n2a2

Abstract: Botswana is a patriarchal society in which the involvement of men in women’s reproductive health ends after their contribution to conception. The purpose of this study was to enroll male partners in a group-centered model of prenatal care that incorporates prenatal risk assessments, education, and support into ten sessions. This questionnaire-based descriptive study investigated perceptions of and satisfaction with the group prenatal care model (GPNC), and was conducted in a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Evaluations of the seven men in the study sample showed that they exhibited positive perceptions and high levels of satisfaction with group prenatal care. The calm and connection response was demonstrated by their attentiveness toward female partners and their willingness to continue participation in the sessions. This response may serve as a contributing factor in men’s continued involvement in women’s reproductive health, and opens an opportunity to establish family-centered care in Botswana.

Keywords: Botswana, group prenatal care, fathers, perceptions, satisfaction

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