Web chat: Fear of giving birth 

13/02/2017 00:00 
Our expert is Yana Richens, consultant midwife. Yana will be here to take your questions about anxiety during maternity and fear of giving birth.
Yana Richens web chat 

Fear of pregnancy and fear of childbirth are perfectly normal – every pregnant woman, even the most confident - has some degree of concern about what it will feel like, how she will manage, and what might happen. But for a minority of women, the worry is a lot stronger and becomes a phobia.

The condition, sometimes known as ‘tokophobia’, means fear of childbirth. One study estimates that one in every five women is affected to some extent by fear of childbirth, and six in every hundred are so scared of giving birth that it affects their pregnancy and birth choices. Some women avoid getting pregnant, or they opt for termination, or they feel very strongly that they want to have a caesarean section.

Our expert is Yana Richens, consultant midwife. Yana started her nursing career in 1979 and went on to pursue a career in midwifery. She is co-editor in chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, consultant editor of African Journal for Midwives and editorial board member of the Nursing Standard. Yana was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in the Queens New Year’s Honours List.

Yana will be here to take your questions about anxiety during maternity and fear of giving birth. The conversation will focus on the findings of Yana’s PhD work which looked at some of the factors that influence fear of birth such as the media and television; family and friends; and fear of the unknown.

Questions may be submitted in advance of the web chat to: webmaster@uclh.nhs.uk

Live Blog Ask an expert about fear of giving birth
 

 Latest news

 Contact details

Communications unit
2nd floor central
250 Euston Road
London NW1 2PG

Media enquiries

Switchboard: 020 3456 7890
Media enquiries: 020 3447 7542 / 020 3447 9506
Email: uclh.media@nhs.net

Out of hours
The normal working hours for the Communications Unit are Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. The only media enquiries that will be answered outside of these working hours are urgent enquiries and those relating to major incidents. To access the out-of-hours service call switchboard on 0845 155 5000.

Share this story