Too scared to push?

a SWEDISH study that compared data on antenatal care and delivery methods claims women who are afraid of childbirth have higher rates of caesarean deliveries. 

In the study, data from 353 women who received psychological counselling for fear of childbirth, as well as data from 579 women who were not afraid, were analysed. 

The results showed that 16.5% of the women who were fearful had caesareans, compared with 9.6% of the unafraid women.  

Along with induction of labour and previous caesarean delivery, the researchers believe that increased anxiety may play a role in the results. 

Anxiety can lead to an increase in adrenaline, which can decrease the rate of uterine contractions, leading to surgical intervention.