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Sixty seconds on . . . tokophobia

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 17 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3933
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

What’s that? Fear of clocks?

Tokophobia is actually an extreme fear of childbirth. And it’s on the increase, researcher Catriona Jones from the University of Hull warned the British Science Festival last week. So much so that NHS perinatal mental health services have asked her to look into the problem after a rise in the number of women asking for …

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