Humans are intellectuals who can think and create something new. Things humans can do are enormous, all these capabilities of humans start with a basic idea or may be called as belief, a belief that a problem can be solved, a solution can be obtained etc., These beliefs can be positive or negative. Negative beliefs create fear within us, which may called as “Phobia”. One of them is “Tokophobia”. So what is this? how to determine? what are its symptoms and how to overcome this?
What is TokoPhobia
Phobia refers to fear. Tokophobia / maieusiophobia / parturiphobia is the fear of pregnancy and childbirth exists on a continuum. This one of the most common reason as women selects elective cesarean rather normal birth.
There are primary & secondary tokophobia where in primary refers to women who never given birth previously. Secondary refers to women who underwent previous traumatic birth experience.
Anxiety related to childbirth are common in women. Primary tokophobia may occur due to past experiences and influence from scenarios. It may start during adolescence. This may by influence from various media that
portray birth as embarrassing or dangerous or from previous experiences of their closed one’s.This may also occur in women who has been sexually abused.
This is the fear of childbirth due to a traumatic obstetric event in a previous pregnancy. This occurs in women who have experienced childbirth. 75% of the tokophobia sufferers suffer from secondary tokophobia.
This is medically recognized, but a concept by Brian Salmon, lactation consultant which involves all that pregnancy gossip that women engage in.
Most women can handle themselves with reassurance and proper support from caretakers. Since all the phobia are related to mental conditions, proper counselling is required. Another common treatment is anti-depressants, but should consider in extreme situations and under doctor supervision.Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also used in some cases.