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Presence and process of fear of birth during pregnancy: Findings from a longitudinal cohort study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Obstetrics and Reproductive Health Research. Mid Sweden Univ, Dept Nursing, Sundsvall, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Obstetrics and Reproductive Health Research. Univ Melbourne, Rural Hlth Acad Ctr, Melbourne, Vic, Australia..
Mid Sweden Univ, Dept Nursing, Sundsvall, Sweden..
Umea Univ, Dept Nursing, Umea, Sweden..
2017 (English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799, Vol. 30, no 5, p. E242-E247Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The prevalence of fear of birth has been estimated between 8-30%, but there is considerable heterogeneity in research design, definitions, measurement tools used and populations. There are some inconclusive findings about the stability of childbirth fear.

Aim: to assess the prevalence and characteristics of women presenting with scores >= 60 on FOBS-The Fear of Birth Scale, in mid and late pregnancy, and to study change in fear of birth and associated factors.

Methods: A prospective longitudinal cohort study of a one-year cohort of 1212 pregnant women from a northern part of Sweden, recruited in mid pregnancy and followed up in late pregnancy. Fear of birth was assessed using FOBS-The fear of birth scale, with the cut off at >= 60.

Findings: The prevalence of fear of birth was 22% in mid pregnancy and 19% in late pregnancy, a statistically significant decrease. Different patterns were found where some women presented with increased fear and some with decreased fear. The women who experienced more fear or less fear later in pregnancy could not be differentiated by background factors.

Conclusions: More research is needed to explore factors important to reduce fear of childbirth and the optimal time to measure it.

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2017. Vol. 30, no 5, p. E242-E247
Keywords [en]
Fear, Birth, Pregnancy, Counseling, Change
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341626DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.02.003ISI: 000414350100002PubMedID: 28279636OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-341626DiVA, id: diva2:1182034
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-02-12 Created: 2018-02-12 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved

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