Lockiophobia Essay

1301 words - 6 pages

Jill Scheller
DeVry University
HUMN-303N-63125-Introduction to Humanities
July 2014

Past experiences and death of and infant either at birth or shortly after is psychologically painful causing fear and depression. The death of the mother after childbirth would also contribute to this fear. Lockiophobia is the result, women fearing the birth process. Fear is a great motivator for humans, and it can push a person to do good or bad things. Mary Shelley chooses to write expressing her fears of childbirth in a uniquely creative way. Psychotherapy for individuals can be different, and she ...view middle of the document...

Depression can range from mild to profound requiring psychotherapy. Mary Shelley created her own psychotherapy from writing about her fears and sadness. “Childbirth is suppose to be a joyous time in a family’s life” (Camp, J., 2012) p.45. The involvement of a male in the birth process is much different today then it was Mary Shelley’s lifetime. “Your husband is nowhere to be seen as it is unheard of for men to be present during the birth of a baby during the 1800’s” Martell, J., (2008) p. 1.
The closest form of creating a human outside of the normal is In-Vitro. Bringing together an egg and sperm for fertilization, once this is done the development of the fetus begins. The fertilized egg must be implanted into a womb or frozen for later use. Unlike Frankenstein, a woman is needed to complete the birthing process. “Conception ethically permissible behavior is based on the view that any decision is ethically permitted if it’s voluntary and does not cause gratuitous harm to others” (Goldsworth, A., 1999) p. 28. This is very different from the piecing together parts of the dead to bring to life.

Mary Shelley
Mary was the daughter of famous feminist Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who died from an infection about two weeks after her birth. She lived with her father stepmother and stepsiblings, at a young age she ran off with Percy Shelley whom she eventually married. She suffered several infant deaths only having one child that survived to adulthood. Depression and loneliness from the traumatic events produced her creativity. In between birthing children that did not survive she created Frankenstein. Her subconscious was where she was first introduced to Frankenstein’s vision. The myth tells of her fear about childbirth and the creation of life without a womb. Under the protection of dreams the creature was assembled and stimulated to life (Badalamenti, A. F., 2006) Her viewpoints about the reproduction in her story of Frankenstein, introduced men to the anxieties and fear incurred from the joys and sorrows of birth by women.
Childbearing was expected from the female in order to carry on the husband’s name. Men were not part of the laboring process till recent years; they waited away to hear about the birth after it happened. The care of the infant fell totally upon the mother. The death of and infant with its agony and grief causes mothers a feeling of guilt wondering if something they did caused the infants demise. Modern times have increased the success of the birthing process, but the fear of childbirth remains. It is much safer for the mother because of the knowledge gained from previous experience decreasing the risk of ever-present possible complications (Norton, A., 2012). The father is now and active partner in the birth process as well as the care of the infant and other children. The recognition of depression after birth and the use of psychotherapy has aided in the health...

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