Tocophobia, or Fear of Childbirth, on the Rise

Karen DuVall, a 23-year-old college student from Vacaville, Calif., was surprised there was a word for her unrelenting fear of childbirth -- tocophobia. DuVall's aunt had told her about a "third degree tear" after having her first child. Later, in a sexuality class, she was horrified by a photo of a woman giving birth. "The more I learned about childbirth, the more afraid of it I've actually become," DuVall, a college theater major, told "I'm afraid of my body being ruined. I'm...Full Story
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