An international study of fear of childbirth and tocophobia with application in an Irish maternity setting

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dc.contributor.advisor Khashan, Ali en
dc.contributor.advisor Leahy-Warren, Patricia en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Neill, Sinead en
dc.contributor.advisor Kenny, Louise C. en O'Connell, Maeve A. 2019-09-17T09:20:23Z 2019 2019
dc.identifier.citation O'Connell, M. A. 2019. An international study of fear of childbirth and tocophobia with application in an Irish maternity setting. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 352 en
dc.description.abstract It is normal for women to face childbirth with a degree of apprehension. Women can experience levels of fear from low to severe, phobic fear termed tocophobia. Tocophobia is a severe fear of childbirth which is debilitating for women during pregnancy and can impact their health and well-being. Most women with tocophobia request a Caesarean Section (CS) since they have a phobia of vaginal birth. The last three decades have seen an increased emphasis on fear of childbirth as an important women’s health issue both in research and clinical practice. However, to date, there has been little agreement on the concept and definition of what tocophobia is, how best to measure fear of childbirth and consequently, prevalence. Moreover, there is a dearth of research in relation to fear of childbirth in Ireland; with the majority of research performed in Scandinavia. Various interventions have been trialled, but there is little information about how women experienced the interventions and how the intervention could be improved. Thus, the objective of the present thesis is to provide an in-depth investigation of this (relatively new) research phenomenon and to add to what is known about interventions which have been trialled. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2019, Maeve Anne O'Connell. en
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dc.subject Tocophobia en
dc.subject Pregnancy en
dc.subject Epidemiology en
dc.subject Prenatal en
dc.subject Antenatal en
dc.subject Perinatal en
dc.subject Fear of childbirth en
dc.subject Mental health en
dc.title An international study of fear of childbirth and tocophobia with application in an Irish maternity setting en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Science Foundation Ireland en
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Medicine en Obstetrics and Gynaecology en
dc.check.reason This thesis contains data which has not yet been published en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
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dc.internal.conferring Autumn 2019 en
dc.internal.ricu Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Research Centres/12/RC/2272/IE/Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT)/ en

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