childbirth fear

Researchers from the Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab at the University of British Columbia (parlab.med.ubc.ca) recently developed a new measure of fear of childbirth: the Childbirth Fear Questionnaire (CFQ). They developed the CFQ in response to concerns that currently available measures of fear of childbirth may fail to encompass the full range of women’s childbirth fears. Theirs is the first measure of fear of childbirth in which a fear of cesarean delivery is specifically assessed.

The purpose of the current study is to assess the accuracy of CFQ as a screening tool for clinically significant levels of childbirth fears. Specifically, they will use diagnostic interviews to ascertain the ability of the CFQ to identify women who meet criteria for a specific phobia of childbirth (vaginal or cesarean).

This research is appropriate for women who are pregnant and 18 years or older. They want to emphasize that they would like to hear from ALL pregnant women…not only those experiences fears of childbirth.

At the end of the study their team will have developed the first screening tool for clinically significant childbirth fear in Canada. This is an important first step in identifying and treating women who suffer from severe prenatal fear of birth. 

Please consider taking part in this study. Registration Link: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/childbirth-fear-study-intake/