Fear of birth is an understandable concern, given that it will be a completely new experience and you will wonder how you will cope with the pain.
For a small amount of women however, this fear is so great that it affects their pregnancy and birth choices. This is referred to as tokophobia. It can happen in a first or following pregnancy. When it starts in a following pregnancy the cause can be a traumatic first labour and birth experience.
If you feel this level of terror you should tell your midwife or doctor how you feel. They should give you the chance to talk to a healthcare professional who has experience in giving support around mental health in pregnancy.
You should get advice on how to cope with the feelings of fear, and they should discuss options for birth that may help with any fears you have. These options, caesarean section for example, may be influenced by the policy in the hospital where you are giving birth (if you are giving birth in a hospital).
'Thankfully, the consultant was understanding of my situation and agreed to a caesarean without argument.'
The actor spoke on Loose Women about her fears before daughter Betsy was born.
It’s natural to be a bit anxious about giving birth. But if you’re so worried that you don’t want to do it, it’s important to ask for help.
I always knew I would struggle being pregnant because I have a massive fear of childbirth.
ℹLast reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.