Thursday, February 16, 2012

Maieusiophobia: The Fear of Childbirth

Maieusiophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of childbirth.  This phobia could be triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic childbirth.  Maieusiophobia is also known as Tokophobia and Parturiphobia.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Maieusiophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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