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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 192649, 5 pages
Research Article

The Intention of Delivery Room Staff to Encourage the Presence of Husbands/Partners at Cesarean Sections

1Assaf Harofeh Hospital, 70300 Zerifin, Israel
2M.A. Program, Department of Nursing, Tel Aviv University, 69978 Tel Aviv, Israel
3Nursing Department, School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, 69978 Tel Aviv, Israel

Received 14 December 2010; Accepted 12 April 2011

Academic Editor: Alan Pearson

Copyright © 2011 Yaira Gutman and Nili Tabak. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. In recent years, more and more delivery rooms have allowed husbands/partners to be present during a Cesarean section Nonetheless, many still oppose the idea. The study is designed to investigate the attitudes of Israeli gynecologists, anesthetists, operating-room nurses, and midwives on this issue. Design. The study's theoretical model comes from Fishbein and Ajzen's theory of reasoned action. A self-administered questionnaire was submitted to convenience sample. Subjects. 96 gynecologists, anesthetists, midwives, and operating-room nurses. Results. Significant differences were found between the occupational subgroups. Most of the findings supported the four hypotheses tested and confirmed earlier studies designed to verify the theoretical model. Conclusions. The main conclusion drawn is that delivery and operating-room staff need to be trained in the skills needed to promote the active participation of the baby's father in delivery and, if necessary, in a Cesarean section.