Working with Worry and Inspiring Hope: Relationships with Anxious and Fearful Women

  • Hannah DahlenEmail author
  • Alison Teate
  • Simone Ormsby
  • Virginia Schmied


This chapter will focus on how women and their families know and trust midwives and doctors, and why this is important for the journey they make. How does fear and anxiety influence women in the choices they make for their care during pregnancy, birth and beyond? The power of a trusting relationship and how this can change the experiences for women during their childbirthing journey. Some women choose care that may be considered out of step with current evidence, why is that and what do we need to do so that care meets everyone’s needs?


Trust Choices Freebirth Relationships Childbirth Pregnancy Antenatal care Anxiety Worry Hope Relationship-based care Midwifery-led continuity of care Complementary Therapies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannah Dahlen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alison Teate
    • 2
  • Simone Ormsby
    • 1
  • Virginia Schmied
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Canberra UniversityBruceAustralia

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