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How much do you know about midwives and doulas?
by Staff
These days, some women won't give birth unless they have a doula and a midwife by their side. How much do you know about what these birth attendants do? Test your childbirth knowledge with this quiz.

What does a doula do?

  • administer a constant flow of pain medication
  • assist the doctor in deciding how to proceed with labor
  • provide emotional and physical support for a birthing mother

What task does a midwife perform that a doula doesn't?

  • provides advice on which positions work best for labor
  • helps with medical decisions and catches the baby as he or she is born
  • performs massage to comfort the mother

What sets the services of a doula apart from those of a midwife?

  • The doula is more expensive.
  • The doula works better with doctors and nurses.
  • The doula will be with you every second of the birth.

What do doulas and midwives have in common?

  • Both doulas and midwives have equivalent levels of education (usually a Master's degree).
  • Both doulas and midwives are certified to practice by the American Medical Association.
  • Both doulas and midwives have been linked with better birth outcomes, including a reduced need for cesarean sections and epidurals.

Who is considered the mother of authentic midwifery?

  • Ricki Lake
  • Ina May Gaskin
  • Mary Breckinridge

What controversial practice are direct-entry midwives linked to?

  • home births
  • morphine drips
  • cord blood banking

Midwives tend to work with low-risk pregnancies. Which of the following factors indicates a high-risk pregnancy?

  • a first-time mother over the age of 40
  • a history of past delivery problems
  • both of the above

What is a CNM?

  • childbirth novice midwife
  • Center of Natural Midwifery
  • certified nurse-midwife

One study showed that labor can go much more quickly for women using doulas compared to women without doulas. How much shorter was the labor?

  • 10 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent

How many births do doulas in the United States attend?

  • less than 5 percent of births
  • between 15 and 25 percent
  • about 50 percent