Am I Ready to Have a Baby?

“Am I Ready to Have a Baby?” Quiz

Take our quiz – Am I Ready to Have a Baby? – and read an excerpt from The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book by Marjorie Greenfield, MD, Chief of the Division of General Obstetrics & Gynecology at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

Disclaimer:

This quiz was created to help you think about some of the factors that play a role in pregnancy and parenting. The questions, information, and suggestions are not intended to replace the services of your doctor or midwife. Participation in this online quiz does not create a doctor-patient relationship between you and any University Hospitals employed physician. Because each person and each situation is unique, you should consult your own caregiver to obtain answers to your personal questions, and to get help making decisions about timing of pregnancy and parenting.

Do you want to have children at some time?

1. Do you want to be a mom?

  • yes
  • maybe
  • no

2. Is it important to you to continue the family name or bloodline?

  • yes
  • a little
  • no

3. Do you want to make a family with your partner?

  • yes
  • maybe
  • no or n/a

4. Do you want to experience pregnancy and childbirth?

  • yes
  • maybe
  • no

5. Do you have any medical conditions that will make pregnancy risky for you or the baby?

  • yes
  • unsure
  • no

Is now the time?

Emotional Readiness

6. When you think about having a baby, do you feel mostly positive or mostly negative?

  • positive
  • unsure
  • negative

7. Are you willing to take the best care of yourself while you are pregnant?

  • yes
  • maybe
  • no

8. Are you ready to make the compromises necessary to raise a child?

  • yes
  • maybe
  • no

Relationship Readiness (single mothers skip this section)

9. Is your relationship stable and loving?

  • yes
  • unsure
  • no

10. Do you and your partner both feel ready for children?

  • yes
  • unsure
  • no

11. Do you and your partner generally agree on who will care for the baby, and how tasks, including earning a salary, will be distributed between you?

  • yes
  • unsure
  • no

Your Job

12. How will your working conditions affect your ability to safely carry a pregnancy?

  • no problem
  • unsure
  • may be a problem

13. How will pregnancy and motherhood affect your career?

  • no problem
  • unsure
  • negatively

14. Do you have successful pregnant or parenting role models at work?

  • yes
  • sort of
  • no

15. Is your workplace family-friendly?

  • yes
  • sort of
  • no

Childcare Options

16. Do you have a good support system for after the baby comes?

  • yes
  • sort of
  • no

17. Have you thought about how you (or your partner) will arrange for childcare, and what childcare options are available to you given your financial situation and personal benefits?

  • yes
  • sort of
  • no

Finances

18. Are you financially ready to have a child?

  • yes
  • unsure
  • no

19. Do you have paid maternity leave?

  • yes
  • unsure
  • no

20. Does your health insurance cover prenatal care?

  • yes
  • unsure
  • no

Your Health

21. Are you healthy enough to have a baby now, or do you need to make some changes?

  • healthy enough
  • unsure
  • not healthy enough

22. Do medical problems or a history of difficult pregnancy make it likely that you will have pregnancy complications?

  • no
  • unsure
  • yes

23. Have you had a preconception appointment with your doctor or midwife?

  • yes
  •  
  • no

Parental Age

24. How old are you?

  • over 38
  • 32-38
  • under 32

25. How old is your partner? (skip if not applicable)

  • over 45
  • 35-45
  • under 35

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The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book

Marjorie Greenfield, MD

Marjorie Greenfield, MD

The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book

Excerpted from The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book by Marjorie Greenfield, M.D.

The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book can be purchased online or visit your local bookseller’s pregnancy and birth section to pick up a copy.

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