UPEI researcher studying fear of childbirth
Professor says some women suffer greatly from fear leading up to birth
A UPEI professor is asking Island women to share their stories about the fear of childbirth.
Janet Bryanton, with the UPEI School of Nursing has done much research on childbirth over the years.
She says P.E.I.'s total cesarean birth rate in 2011 was 28.5%, while the World Health Organization says the rate should be only about 15%.
Some of the women are suffering a very great deal because of the fear.- Janet Bryanton, UPEI professor
Bryanton says many women are afraid of childbirth, so they choose to have some control by having a planned cesarean birth.
She is trying to get to the root of where that fear comes from.
"Some of the women are suffering a very great deal because of the fear and what surrounds it," she said.
Bryanton is conducting a research study over the next several months by anonymously interviewing a small group of women about their experiences.
She says she hopes it will influence medical professionals by raising awareness about childbirth fear, and create more support for women before and after the experience.
Anyone interested in participating in the study can email Bryanton at email@example.com.