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tocophobia

[‚täk·ə′fō·bē·ə]
(psychology)
Abnormal fear of children.
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1THERAPY TOKOPHOBIA can be a lot less debilitating with some practical therapies, like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which focuses on changing negative patterns of thinking.
I've asked around my midwife colleagues but little is known about the origins of tokophobia. Researcher Catriona Jones, from the University of Hull, warns it's on the increase to the extent that NHS maternal mental health services have asked her to look into the problem.
Tokophobia is described as anxiety and fear regarding labour and birth (Walsh 2002).
Clearly, if you do have tokophobia it is important for you to seek help from your GP and obstetrician.
"Some of them have a fear of labour and birth (a condition known as tokophobia), others have experienced a previously traumatic birth (an attempted trial of labour that needed assistance with forceps and/or ventouse, and/or an emergency Caesarean) and many simply found a spontaneous birth very traumatic because of the perineal damage they experienced, and do not want to risk making it any worse.
YOU are suffering from a psychological condition called tokophobia, or the fear of childbirth.
Psychiatrists at the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital have carried out the first major British study of tokophobia - a word deriving from the Greek words for 'childbirth' and 'fear'.
VERY little research has been carried out into the fear of childbirth, but a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2000 gave it the name "tokophobia".