Overcoming Tokophobia: it IS possible!

Overcoming Tokophobia: it IS possible!

Tokophobia is the extreme fear of pregnancy and birth. It affects around 14% of women so you would think that it was reasonably well known and that help was available. But it isn't, and help or support is hard to come by. Overcoming tokophobia is the kind of thing...

I’m scared of birth – what can I do?

I’m scared of birth – what can I do?

Feeling scared of birth is very common and is not necessarily something to worry about. It’s a time of massive change so it’s normal for us to feel fear on some level. Fear gets a bad rep, but actually it's a good thing. Our fear is alerting us to possible danger and...

Tokophobia. Everything you need to know

Tokophobia. Everything you need to know

What is tokophobia? Tokophobia is a pathological fear of pregnancy and birth. The word comes from Greek 'tokos' meaning childbirth and 'phobos' which means fear. Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder that typically involve an intensely irrational fear of an object or...

Post Natal Depression – can we guard against it?

Post Natal Depression – can we guard against it?

Do you want to know one the main things I was obsessed with when I was pregnant? Post Natal Depression or PND. When I think back to my darkest days, I could barely keep myself going. The thought of being in that state AND responsible for a little human being was...

Are you setting yourself up to ‘fail’ at birth?

Are you setting yourself up to ‘fail’ at birth?

Let me start by saying that I don’t believe in birth failure ... or that you can 'fail' at birth. But that doesn’t stop women everywhere saying that's how they FEEL. It’s tragic. Nurturing a new baby into the world with a sense of birth failure looming above you is...

How to prepare for birth disappointment

How to prepare for birth disappointment

When preparing for an upcoming birth, I always recommend preparing for more than one birth outcome. Two of these will inevitably include your preferred birth and your birth nightmare. In between both of these is a HUGE space that we can label as birth disappointment....

What happens if you DON’T prepare for birth #truestory

What happens if you DON’T prepare for birth #truestory

Let me start by just getting this out the way. I’m NOT about laying on the guilt. At all. And this post is not a let-me-beat-you-into-guilty-submission kinda post. It’s more along the vibes of… here’s how things *could* go…. please listen and try not to repeat someone...

The 3 things it takes for a natural birth

The 3 things it takes for a natural birth

So you want a natural birth? This is the kind of birth that lots of women say they want. But often, they might not fully appreciate what it takes to be able to make it happen. Beware of planning for a natural birth Now before I go any further i need to share with you...

Do I need to do pregnancy classes?

Do I need to do pregnancy classes?

Are you wondering if you need to do pregnancy classes? I’d love to be able to give you a a YES or NO answer to this, but I can’t. Only you can judge whether you do. We are all starting our pregnancy journeys from different places and what’s right for one person could...

How fabulous do you want your birth to be?

How fabulous do you want your birth to be?

This might seem like an odd question, but it’s one worth thinking about. What do you want from your birth? Some have a very straightforward aim for childbirth: to make it out the other side with a healthy baby. But what if you want more than that? What if you want a...

Rebecca’s fear-free natural hospital birth

Rebecca’s fear-free natural hospital birth

Rebecca hopes her positive hospital birth story can help others birth without fear We always love receiving positive birth stories here at Fear Free Childbirth and Rebecca has got in touch to share her wonderful positive birth story. Q. How long was your labour and...

We’re #2 in a list of Top Pregnancy & Birth Podcast

We’re #2 in a list of Top Pregnancy & Birth Podcast

Wow! I'm proper chuffed! I’ve just found out that the Fear Free Childbirth podcast has been named at number 2 in a list of the top birth and pregnancy podcasts. So I thought I’d bring out this old pic. I got a bit carried away on this photoshoot - this happens to me a...