Tocophobia

Books about phobias:

Anxiety and Phobic Disorders: A Pragmatic Approach Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective

Tocophobia is an abnormal, extreme fear of giving birth.

A related term is teratophobia, which is the fear of giving birth to a malformed child.

 

More general information about extreme fears such as Tocophobia:

Extreme fears (phobias) such as tocophobia can lead to a variety of disturbing symptoms such as breathlessness, difficulty in thinking or speaking clearly, dizziness, a dry mouth, a fear of dying, a fear of "going mad" or losing control, a sense of feeling sick, the inability to concentate, inability to make decisions that are usually simple, nausea, palpitations, shaking, sweating profusely, or a severe anxiety attack. Not all sufferers are affected by all possible symptoms, and some individuals may also have other reactions.

Even though many adult sufferers of tocophobia (and/or other fears/phobias) are aware that their fears are unreasonable, many still experience severe anxiety even when just thinking about the subject or situation they fear. However, phobias such as tocophobia are known and are a relatively common form of anxiety disorder that may be treated conventionally using cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure and fear reduction techniques. Drugs may also be offered, typically anti-anxiety or anti-depressants - particularly during the early stages of treatment. Other forms of treatment offered may include hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or other similar therapies.

Note that the list of phobias in this section is not complete. There are very many more phobias, including some some obscure fears, that have specific names. See our list of phobias.

In the News:

World Health Day 2020: Support Nurses and Midwives - 7 Apr '20

Canadian initiatives against Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - 26 Jul '19

Assisted conception cancer risk ? - 6 Nov '13

Prenatal depression in mothers - risk factor for depression in children at age 18 years - 10 Oct '13

MSF reopens Khost maternity hospital (Afghanistan) - 2 Jan '13

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Research - 24 Jul '12

Babies born a few weeks early have worse health outcomes than full-term babies - 2 Mar '12

Prolonged breastfeeding associated with fewer child behaviour problems - 9 May '11

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