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Fear of Pain and Cesareans

From ExpressIndia.com

Fear of labour pain drives city women to opt for cesarean


The increasing fear among young expecting mothers of enduring the labour pains is actually driving them to opt for cesareans, an unhealthy trend which gives rise to complications.

Referred to as “tocophobia”—- the fear of labour, the additional professor in the department of gynaecology Dr Vanita Suri said that one-third of the total c-sections can be attributed to the fear and anxiety of young woman.

“Unfortunately, the trend (of such mothers) is increasing with the drastic change in lifestyle. Some young pregnant women are so scared that they refuse internal examination. This is despite the fact that now-a-days normal painless deliveries are being done which reduces the pain to a great extent. Since at PGI we do not perform elective cesarean, there have been cases where woman, who wanted a cesarean opted out as we were urging her to go in for a normal delivery,” she said.

The risk of a c-section is four to five times more than any normal delivery, say doctors.

With nearly all the first-time mothers carrying anxiety and myths, PGI has brought out a self-care manual for pregnant women, which will help them identify true and false pains and learn a few exercises to take care of themselves.

The manual has been developed by Avinash Rana, lecturer, National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), PGI.

As part of her thesis, the manual has taken Rana three years and is now available in the market.

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Reader Comments (3)

I find this ironic as one of the reasons I did not want a cesarean was because I was afraid of the pain afterwords. I couldn't bear the thought that I wouldn't be able to work out for at least 6 weeks after abdominal surgery.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Haha I was so scared of having a natural birth a would pretty much spend everyday of my pregnancy reading everything about labour and counting down the days untill I would have to be in agony. When the big day finally came I was in 6hours of labour up at the hospital before needing an emergency cesarean. Actually it hurt amillion times less then contractions ever did and I didn't need painkillers at all, but the toll it takes on your body is unimaginable, I will never be able to do things I used to do and your left with a big flap of muscle/skin hanging over your stomach, having to "take it easy" with a demanding newborn. Natural birth ANYDAY!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCobie

Thanks for your comment, Cobie! I've heard a lot of women talk about the pain now versus pain later concept. It's sort of a mixed bag. Every now and then I hear about a really, really painful vaginal recovery and a really easy c/s recovery. I'm so sorry your recovery was so painful. :(

October 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill
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