Tommy's midwives' blog, 19/02/2018
We often praise Call the Midwife for tackling difficult subjects with sensitivity and understanding, and this week was no different. Last night’s episode focussed on terrified second time mum-to-be, Eunice Dobson.
'It’s like there’s this film in my head and it keeps playing over and over.'Eunice
Due to a traumatic birth with her first son, Eunice was clearly suffering from tokophobia – an extreme fear of childbirth. This was explained through Eunice’s refusal to come to clinics and her hostility towards the midwives and doctors who tried to help. Her terror was so great that she refused to give birth and locked herself in the bathroom when labour started.
Watch this short clip of the episode
'It’s just you and me now Eunice… if you come out I’m here. I can help you cope.'Lucille
It was new midwife on the block Lucille’s job to win Eunice round, gain her trust and coach her through the birth with understanding and warmth. Eventually, she succeeds beautifully and Eunice gives birth at home, despite the brief mention of a caesarean section.
'I was so pleased to see how the subject of tokophobia was handled on ‘Call the Midwife’ last night. A genuine understanding of Eunice’s fears helped her midwife support her during birth in a way that enabled mum to face her fears and believe that she could do it afterall.' Amanda, Tommy's midwife
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By Leanne (not verified) on 19 Feb 2018 - 13:09
It's Tocophobia, not Tokophobia.
By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Feb 2018 - 16:54
Hi Leanne, It seems that the spelling is debatable. The BBC, NHS and RCOG all use the 'k' and our own website which goes through rigorous checking also does. It could be that this is one of those words that can be either spelling. Thanks for the comment though.