According to the study, women in the US said they worried about deciding on their health care provider and place of birth, as well as pain and complications in childbirth.
The aim of the study was to determine what women feared about pregnancy and childbirth, and whether this is being addressed by midwives and other maternity support workers.
Midwife, Lee Roosevelt, said: “Women who have significant fear of childbirth are more likely to have C-sections, longer labours, and need induction or augmentation.”
The report also suggests women were worried their midwife or clinician will abandon them, won’t attend the actual birth or take their concerns seriously.
US pregnant women also said they were concerned about how they would be treated if they didn’t have good health insurance.
The study was published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynaecologic and Neonatal Nursing.
The full study can be found in the Wiley Online Library.
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