Tokophobia: the women with an extreme fear of pregnancy and childbirth

The phobia can be so severe that women never become pregnant or may terminate a pregnancy

Childbirth can clearly be a scary prospect. For women who have not given birth before, it is the great unknown.


Research into women’s concerns and fears suggests that women may be anxious about the risk of injuries or complications, pain, their ability to give birth, losing control, and interactions with health professionals.

Even women who have given birth before may have similar worries — as every birth is different. But they may also have specific concerns if