Women are becoming increasingly terrified of giving birth – and frightening stories shared on social media may be playing a part, according to leading researchers.
Last week we shared how pregnant women sharing their ‘horror stories’ of labour and bloody depictions of childbirth on TV and film have ‘triggered’ a morbid fear of labour in some women, shares Daily Mail.
Even actress Helen Mirren has identified as a tocophobic – saying that watching a graphic video of a woman giving birth scared her so much she never wanted to be a mother.
Tocophobia is increasingly a problem, affecting up to 14 per cent of all pregnant women, according to research.
This is despite childbirth being safer than ever before – with just 0.01 per cent of mothers dying in or immediately after labour.
Katriona Jones, a senior research fellow and lecturer in maternal health at Hull University, was asked to investigate how best to treat women suffering from the condition by the local NHS perinatal mental health service team, to help understand why women were requesting Caesarean sections out of a ‘fear of childbirth’.
She told the British Science Festival in Hull that one of the factors fuelling the fear are websites such as Mumsnet and other social media, as well as TV depictions such as Call the Midwife.
She said: ‘It feels like there’s an element of it in social media. If you go online and go on any Mumsnet forums there are women telling stories of childbirth and it was terrible and it was a bloodbath. That can be quite frightening for women.’
This mum and many like her is exactly why women are scared…
Jessica Hood a soon-to-be mum of four, from Melbourne, has decided to give birth live on Instagram.
Jessica says she’s decided to broadcast her upcoming birth live to the world, mainly to raise awareness about mental health issues during pregnancy and motherhood, shares Yahoo.
Though she plans on keeping some aspects of the birth private, such as the actual pushing stage, Jessica says she hopes to share every other part of her labour and delivery.
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