All About the Fear of Childbirth & How To Overcome it with CBT, Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton & West Midlands


What is the Fear of Childbirth?

The Fear of Childbirth is also known as Tokophobia and is a relatively common phobia that often occurs due to the (unhelpful) ‘stories’ that are passed between friends or via well-meaning relatives.

The fear of childbirth is quite a common phobia and has usually been brought about by either hearing ‘horror stories’ about other people’s childbirth experiences, through ‘old wives tales’ about giving birth or sometimes because of a fear of the amount of ‘pain’ that might be involved.

In this sense, Tokophobia may also be the fear of pain.

Modern hospitals and methods are so advanced today that most ‘complications’ that may occur in childbirth can fairly easily be dealt with.

In the majority of cases good education about the process of giving birth can be sufficient to allay any fears.

Fear is the emotional experience that we have when we perceive there to be some sort of threat in our immediate location or context, or even that a threat may present itself in the future (anticipatory anxiety) and this is certainly true for somebody who has a fear of Childbirth.

People may not understand or have a great deal of sympathy for people who suffer with the fear of Childbirth as it may not be something they personally experience, however, for the person suffering this fear the stress and anxiety that they experience is real and not imagined.

We are fully aware of the subjective nature of individual fears and will treat you and your Fear of Childbirth seriously when you consult us for help.

The common symptoms of The Fear of Childbirth

Fear of Childbirth Symptoms

The symptoms associated with the fear of Childbirth have much in common with other fears and phobias and may include:

Often the symptoms of Tokophobia can seem to occur without the object of fear even being present indicating that the fear of Childbirth has become normalised into everyday life.

This normalisation process often results in the development and use of safety behaviours in an attempt to prevent exposure to triggering events which, paradoxically, may cause the problem to get worse.

In other words, safety behaviours tend to reinforce the fear of Childbirth rather than diminish it!

Tokophobia may be the result of earlier traumatic experiences that can be directly (or indirectly) linked to a specific object or situation, but this is not always the case because fears can also be inherited as learned behaviours from the social context in which a person is brought up.

The good news is that the majority of people who suffer with a fear of Childbirth will find a course of psychotherapy highly beneficial.

Therapy & Counselling for the Fear of Childbirth

You can read more about the different types of psychological therapy for the fear of Childbirth below.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the Fear of Childbirth

If you’re determined to overcome your fear of Childbirth then we highly recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul.

T-CBT is a clinically proven psychotherapy course that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify any limiting beliefs and unhelpful thinking styles that you might have developed in order to cope, and then provide guidance on how to make changes to your thinking and behaviours to irradicate the problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has an excellent track-record with problems based on anxiety and fearful cognitions (thoughts) which are key factors in the fear of Childbirth.

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Alternative Psychotherapies for the Fear of Childbirth

Although we generally recommend CBT for Tokophobia, we also offer alternative psychotherapies for people preferring a different approach.

These include:

Psychodynamic therapy which focuses on understanding why the problem has arisen and relies on the therapy relationship to bring about change.

Counselling which is less formally structured than CBT but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment in which to discuss issues. Talking problems through with a skilled counsellor is often therapeutic in its own right.

Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of psychotherapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.

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Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Childbirth

We offer all prospective clients FREE initial consultations to discuss your Tokophobia problems prior to commencing any psychotherapy programmes.

The consultation and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various solutions that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available online.

We recognise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so it is important to meet (either face-to-face or online) before deciding to follow a course of psychotherapy.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

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Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different mental health problems.

Using our online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.

It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.


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You can purchase your course of CBT in our shop by clicking on any of the links below.

Self-Help CBT Course - £149

Course + 2 Clinical Sessions - £299

Course + 5 Clinical Sessions - £499

Course + 10 Clinical Sessions - £799

Areas We Serve


Tranceform offers CBT, therapy & counselling for people living in:

  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Wombourne
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury
  • Shropshire

For those living further afield, we also offer Online Therapy Services using Zoom.