Monday, 28 May 2018

‘I help women who are terrified of childbirth’

Afrida Ahmed

Tokophobia affects 14% of pregnant women worldwide according to a recent study – but what is it? It’s a fear of pregnancy and childbirth that can affect some women so badly, according to hypnotherapist and hypnobirthing instructor Rena Gough, that they “avoid pregnancy at all costs”, reports BBC. Rena has set up sessions for women to help them tackle their fear using hypnotherapy. We spoke to Becky, who is expecting her first baby, and Laura, who faced her fear of labour using Rena’s hypnobirthing techniques. “I feel like there’s this massive mountain coming up and I can’t see over it,” said Becky. “I haven’t done a birth plan because I’m so scared of it going wrong.” “When I went to see Rena, after my second session the fear had just melted away,” added Laura. “I don’t remember feeling in pain in my labour, not once.”Do you know what tokophobia is? Is it the fear of snakes? Or clowns or even heights? It’s actually a fear of pregnancy and childbirth. Hypnotherapist Rena is helping women with tokophobia tackle their fears. She said that she uses hypnotherapy to help women who have a fear of pregnancy and childbirth. According to her there are women who are so terrified they either avoid pregnancy at all costs or don’t continue with the pregnancy. These women almost say ‘please save me, please help me and please do something about it.’ Even just after a few short sessions the change is massive.14% of pregnant women worldwide are estimated to have tokophobia. It’s not only first-time mums who can develop tokophobia Women who have experienced difficult pregnancies and births or abuse can develop a fear. Laura had a fear of birth and was told she pre-eclampsia and sepsis in labour. But she said Rena’s techniques meant her birth was painless. Becky is nearly due and hopes Rena can help her conquer her fear like Laura did. She said that she feels a bit like there’s this massive mountain coming up and she cannot even talk to her partner about it. She said that she has not done any birth plan because she is so scared. She is worried that what if she can’t cope with the pain. She said that they watch soaps and films and see these incredibly harrowing birth scenes with lots of screaming and pain. But when she went to see Rena, by the end of her second session the fear had just melted away. She did not even feel the pain once.


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