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  • A marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable of a specific object or situation.
  • The phobic situation is avoided, or endured with intense anxiety or distress
  • Phobic anxiety of the baby is different to generalised anxiety about the babyís welfare.
  • With phobic anxiety the motherís anxiety increases as she physically becomes closer to the baby. She may avoid being involved in the babyís care.
  • With generalised anxiety about the baby, a mother will usually improve, albeit usually only temporarily, if she checks the baby.

See information for women on Phobias.

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