Tocophobia
An abnormal and persistent fear of childbirth. A phobia is an unreasonable fear that can cause avoidance and panic. Phobias are a relatively common type of anxiety disorder. Phobias can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy using exposure and fear reduction techniques. In many cases, anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication proves helpful, especially during the early stages of therapy. Tocophobia is derived from the Greek "tocos" (childbirth) + "phobos" (fear). A related term is teratophobia, fear of bearing a malformed child.
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Morbid dread of childbirth. [toco- + G. phobos, fear]

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to·co·pho·bia (to″ko-foґbe-ə) [toco- + -phobia] irrational fear of childbirth.

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