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Tokophobia (fear of child birth) | Exeterfear of childbirth | Exeter

Tokophobia is the fear of childbirth and many women suffer in silence

There are two types of Tokophobia:

Fear of giving birth:

Primary Tokophobia
this is a morbid and profound fear of giving birth that leads to a complete avoidance of pregnancy, even if the sufferer would love to have children.
Secondary Tokophobia
this is often due to a previous traumatic giving birth experience or poor birth medical attention, post natal depression or other such upsetting events, which renders the sufferer emotionally unable or unwilling to have more children.

Symptoms of Tokophobia

As with all phobias there are the symptoms of extreme panic when hearing about childbirth, reading about childbirth or indeed anything childbirth related. Even being around a pregnant woman can induce feelings of real panic or disgust. The thought of giving birth and/or the associated pain is terrifying.

This can result in:

  • Avoidance of pregnancy
  • Request for Caesarean birth where there is no medical need
  • Termination of Pregnancy

Typical comments from those sufferers:

 "The truth is that the very thought of having something almost alien-like growing inside me is disgusting”

"It's not too strong to say that the very thought of childbirth disgusts me in a big way."

"It's much more than an anxiety - I am actually physically repulsed by pregnancy and childbirth."

"I even struggle to be around friends when they are pregnant and can't bear to watch or listen to anything about the process of having a baby”

Treatment of fear of child birth with Hypnotherapy

I specialise in treating all types of anxiety and phobias, and in particular, Tokophobia through my work with hypnobirthing. The good news is that it can respond exceptionally well to pure Hypnoanalysis.