Tokophobia: an unreasoning dread of childbirth. A series of 26 cases.

@article{Hofberg2000TokophobiaAU,
  title={Tokophobia: an unreasoning dread of childbirth. A series of 26 cases.},
  author={Kristina Hofberg and Ian Fraser Brockington},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={2000},
  volume={176},
  pages={
          83-5
        }
}
BACKGROUND Some women dread and avoid childbirth despite desperately wanting a baby. This is called tokophobia. AIMS To classify tokophobia for the first time in the medical literature. METHOD Twenty-six women noted to have an unreasoning dread of childbirth were interviewed by the same psychiatrist, who was not the treating doctor. A qualitative analysis of these psychiatric interviews was performed. RESULTS Phobic avoidance of pregnancy may date from adolescence (primary tokophobia), be… CONTINUE READING
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