“Super Abbu” is a hotline for low literate fathers in Pakistan that gives them access to information regarding pregnancy and delivery. The role of the father during this time period is generally limited to providing transportation and financial support, and that is not enough. Fathers are often the decision-makers regarding healthcare and, without proper knowledge, can unknowingly make choices that are harmful to both mother and child. When fathers call our hotline, a personality named Dr. Saba will answer and teach them how to care for their wives during pregnancy and the delivery. Dr. Saba tells fathers about things like the nutritional requirements of pregnant women, medical attention that they may need to ensure a safe and healthy baby and the possible costs a family might incur during the delivery, among other things. Callers can also listen to stories other fathers can record about experiences during their wives' pregnancy. This way, they can learn from others' experiences.
Dr. Agha Ali Raza, PhD
Founder & Former Program Manager
Stories From the Field
Fathers share their experiences about when their children were born.
My wife was pregnant with our second child and in the 7th month she started experiencing pain. I called the dai (midwife) and she tried to deliver the baby but the baby didn’t survive. The experience damaged my wife so badly in the process that the doctor who treated her said it will always be difficult for her to have another baby. She was in a coma for three days.
During the last three months of my wife’s pregnancy, I didn’t get her checked by a doctor. I didn’t know about breech birth and that my baby’s life could be compromised. A Lady Health Worker told me she could deliver the baby normally. I was happy because normal deliveries are cheaper than C-sections. When it was time to deliver the baby, my wife was in a lot of pain (because of complications). She almost died.
After my baby's birth, I went to the hospital again the next month for a follow-up check-up to make sure my wife and son were in good condition. (I am vigilant because) I know other fathers and mothers who do not go (to the doctor). They sometimes have problems and (often) it’s too late to fix them. I won’t risk that. My job is to keep my family healthy and safe from illness.