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Fear from Childbirth among Pregnant Women

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1106427, PP. 1-13

Subject Areas: Nursing

Keywords: Childbirth, Fear, Labour, Pregnancy and Pregnant Women

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Background: Pregnancy and childbirth are a long time journey associated with physiological and psychological changes that may cause positive or negative impact on the woman’s life, the baby, and her family. Fear of childbirth is one of the most factors that affect directly or indirectly on labor Process. Aim: Aim of the study was to; measure the level of fear from childbirth among pregnant women in Port Said city. Subjects and Methods: A descriptive study design was used to conduct the study at ante-natal clinics in 5 primary health care centers in Port Said city. The study subjects consisted of 200 pregnant women. Tow tools used to collect the necessary data consisted of; structured interviewee sheet, and Wijma delivery expectancy questionnaire (W-DEQ). Results: The current study revealed that about the more than half of the studied women (55.33%) have high level of fear. A significant relation was found between fear of childbirth and sociodemographic characteristics among pregnant women. Conclusion: There was a statistically significant relationship between fear of childbirth from the studied women and their sociodemographic characteristics in the areas of educational level and their obstetric history in the areas of complications related to previous delivery. Recommendations: Designing and applying childbirth preparation classes in the third trimester of pregnancy particularly for primigravidas to promote their self-control and their self-confidence during labor leads to a more satisfactory birthing experience.

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Nasr, E. H. , Alshehri, N. , Almutairi, M. A. and AbdElmenim, F. M. (2020). Fear from Childbirth among Pregnant Women. Open Access Library Journal, 7, e6427. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1106427.

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