Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 3
The Relationship Between Fear of Childbirth Level Gestational Age and Number of Pregnancies
Mehmet Musa Aslan1,İsmail Bıyık2
1Muş Devlet Hastanesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum Kliniği, Muş, Türkiye
2Karacabey Devlet Hastanesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum, Bursa, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.261 Purpose: In this study, the relationship between gestational week, number of pregnancies and fear of childbirth was investigated.

Patients and methods: The study was conducted between January 2018 and November 2018. The Childbirth Fear - Prior to Pregnancy scale Turkish version was filled for the pregnant women who applied to Muş State Hospital Pregnancy Information Class.

Results: In the third trimester of pregnancy, those receiving education of fear that "they might panic and not know what to do during labour & birth." (p = 0.012 and p = 0.004, respectively). In the third trimester, they were worried that harm might come to the baby and had fear of complications during labour and birth more than the first-trimester pregnants (p <0.001 and p = 0.013, respectively). In the first three months of pregnancy, the fact that they were afraid of what the labour and birth process will do to their bodies were more common (p = 0.022). Fear of childbirth was found higher in primigravid pregnant women than multiparous women (<0.001).

Conclusion: In the first three months of pregnancy, they are afraid of what the labour and birth process will do to their bodies. As the pregnancy progresses, fear that they will lose control during labour and birth increased and they think labour and birth process might harm the baby.Emerge fear of childbirth is higher in primigravidae. In the last weeks of pregnancy, antenatal education that alleviates the fear of childbirth might be focused on primigravid pregnant women. Keywords : Fear of Childbirth, pregnancy education, birth, fear