Some women develop a fear of childbirth. The occurrence of this fear may be related to a number of risk factors.


Risk factors associated with a fear of childbirth:

(1) personal history of a complication during a previous delivery (post-traumatic stress disorder)

(2) a significant hazard associated with the current pregnancy

(3) family members providing misinformation or attempting to scare

(4) depression and/or anxiety

(5) history of abuse

(6) dissatisfaction with relationships

(7) lack of social support

(8) low self-esteem

(9) young age


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