The Relationship Between Fear of Childbirth with Distress and Admission of Neonate in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Nulliparous Women

Document Type : Original Article


1 School of Nursing and Midwifery,Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

2 School of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical sciences, Ahvaz, Iran


Pregnancy is a stressful event in a woman’s life. Many women have a lot of fear during pregnancy and childbirth. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between fear of childbirth and neonatal outcomes.This was a cross-sectional study, on 255 nulliparous women who were admitted to Asali Hospital of Khorramabad in 2016 to give birth. Samples were selected among women who were admitted in the hospital for delivery. Data were collected using, a demographic questionnaire, questionnaire of fear of delivery, and acheck list for recording neonatal outcomes.Results showed that neonatal outcome (distress, admission of neonate in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) were not significantly associated with fear of childbirth (P>0.05).The findings showed that there was no negative effects between neonatal outcomes and fear of childbirth.