Male partners’ participation in birth preparedness and compl
Maternal and neonatal health outcomes remain a challenge in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) despite priority given to involving male partners in birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPCR). Men in LMICs often determine women’s access to and affordability of health services.

This systematic review and meta-analysis determined the pooled magnitude of male partner’s participation in birth preparedness and complication readiness in LMICs.

Literature published in the English language from 2004 to 2019 was retrieved from Google Scholar, PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, and EMBASE databases. The Joanna Briggs Institute’s critical appraisal tool for prevalence and incidence studies was used. Thirty-seven studies with a total of 17, 148 participants were included.

- The pooled results showed that 42.4% of male partners participated in BPCR.

- Among the study participants, 54% reported having saved money for delivery, whereas 44% identified skilled birth attendants.

- 45.8% of male partners arranged transportation and 57.2% of study participants identified health facilities as a place of birth. Only 16.1% of the male partners identified potential blood donors.

A low proportion of male partners were identified to have participated in BPCR in LMICs. This calls countries in low- and middle-income settings for action to review their health care policies, remove the barriers, and promote facilitators to male partner’s involvement in BPCR.

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