Men should also have an understanding about pregnancy, said actor Suriya at the release of Aarokiyamaana Garbathukku Oru Vazhi Kaati, on Monday. The book, a Tamil version of Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy, is a guide for expectant parents and was written by Dr Gita Arjun. It has been translated in Tamil by Hema Narasimhan.
Suriya, while addressing the gathering, said that pregnancy and childbirth are confined to women, especially in villages. He insisted that at a time when there are more nuclear families, it is important that men also know about pregnancy and how to take care of their wives and the child after birth.
Dr Gita Arjun elaborated on the contents of the book, which is said to be an easy-to-use guide to pregnancy and child birth. The book provides a week-by-week guide to the physiological changes occurring in the foetus and includes various tests that pregnant women should undergo along the way.
Apart from dispelling common myths, the book also has a chapter defining the role of husbands in helping their wives through pregnancy and delivery. Dr Arjun, T Tirupathi of Thirumagal Publishers, Dr Palanippan and Bharathi Bhaskar were also present on the occasion.