Fear of childbirth in urban and rural regions of Turkey: Comparison of two resident populations

Okumus F., Sahin N.

NORTHERN CLINICS OF ISTANBUL, vol.4, no.3, pp.247-256, 2017 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/nci.2017.46693
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.247-256
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


OBJECTIVE: Childbirth is a natural physiological event experienced by many women; however, it is frequently also a source of fear in women. Rates of cesarean sections in Turkey are higher in the urban areas than in the rural areas. We hypothesized that lower fear of childbirth (FOC) rates would be observed in the city having the lowest cesarean section rates in Turkey. This study aimed to compare FOC in women in two resident populations: one in a rural area and the other in an urban area.