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I don’t want kids – do I have tokophobia?

I don’t want kids – do I have tokophobia?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about what tokophobia IS and what it ISN’T which I’d like to clarify. At a very basic level tokophobia is this: the pathological fear or pregnancy and/or birth. But, this touches on so many other aspects that sometimes it gets...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Thomas Verny, Father of Prenatal Psychology

Thomas Verny, Father of Prenatal Psychology

Prenatal psychology is an area of psychology that looks at the psychological changes that women go through from conception to postpartum. If you're going to better understand your fears and anxieties during pregnancy then I think understanding prenatal psychology is...

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7 signs of a woman with tokophobia

7 signs of a woman with tokophobia

How to tell if you know a woman with tokophobia Tokophobia is the extreme fear of pregnancy and birth. It’s not very well known and yet it can affect a lot of women. This extreme or pathological fear of birth is estimated to affect between 4 and 43% of women. 14% is...

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Fearless Birthing

Fearless Birthing

The Fear Free Childbirth podcast is back! After a year off, I'm back... lots of great episodes coming too! In this episode, I talk about my new book, Fearless Birthing. I get lots of emails asking what reading people should do, well, my answer to that is simple: my...

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The 4 TRUE causes of fear of birth and pregnancy

The 4 TRUE causes of fear of birth and pregnancy

There has been a lot of debate recently around fear of birth and tokophobia, the pathological fear of birth and pregnancy. Much of this debate has centred on the culprits that are being blamed for the rise in women experiencing fear of birth and these culprits have...

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Which tokophobia program is right for me?

Making the decision to tackle tokophobia is not always easy. It can be scary facing up to our biggest fears.But once you've decided to, then you're faced with another hurdle; deciding who you'd like to work with. And this isn't always easy either.Mainly because...

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A tokophobia birth story; Cee Fee’s Positive Birth

A tokophobia birth story; Cee Fee’s Positive Birth

Today I'm sharing a fabulous positive birth story on the podcast. It's fabulous because it's positive and empowering birth, obviously. But also because it's a tokophobia birth story. I'm joined today by Cee Fee Dunn who admits to being completely terrified of...

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