Experience of delivery in women with and without antenatal fear of childbirth

Gynecol Obstet Invest. 1983;16(1):1-12. doi: 10.1159/000299205.


Late pregnant women with and without fear of childbirth were identified by means of a questionnaire. Their delivery experiences were estimated by means of interviews 3-4 days after parturition. Women with antenatal fear of delivery were found to run an increased risk of having a negative delivery experience and of possibly also finding difficulties in the attachment to their children in the immediate postnatal period.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Fear*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Labor, Obstetric*
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Pain / psychology
  • Parity
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology
  • Pregnancy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires