Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Childbirth?

What’s your childbirth IQ? Take our childbirth quiz and find out instantly! Are you a Birth Novice or the Birth Master? Answers these questions to find out now.

Whether you’re a birth professional like a doula, or just a curious mama who’s going through our natural pregnancy week-by-week, this just-for-fun quiz is for you!

How much do you really know about childbirth?

1. Transition usually lasts: 

2. Most women lose their mucus plug:

3. Braxton Hicks contractions mean you’re going into early labor

4. Active labor begins when your water breaks

5. What happens during the third stage of labor?

6. Signs of early labor include:

7. Early labor lasts for no more than 5 hours

8. The average length of labor for a first time mom is: 

9. Your midwife will say baby is “fully engaged” when: 

10. The onset of active labor is characterized by: 

11. You know it’s time to go to the hospital or birth center when:

12. Your body will have established a steady rhythm of contraction and dilation by the time Active labor begins

13. The thinning and softening of the cervix is called: 

14. Dilation is measured in: 

15. Transition is when: 

16. Non-physical signs of transition typically include: 

17. The pushing stage of labor, on average, lasts for: 

18. Crowning is when: 

19. The third stage of labor is:

20. Once baby is out your contractions will stop

21. The hormone that brings on contractions is called: 

22. The delivery of the placenta usually takes:


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About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

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  1. Having 4 kids, 2 delivered via c-section after briefly starting contracting consistently(twins), #11 is the reason I gave birth to my 2nd daughter in the car. I have never gotten near consistent contractions 4 mins. apart for 1 hr. I went from consistent, 9-10 mins apart contractions to 1.5 mins apart, fully dialated in a matter of minutes. By then, I was no where near the hospital. I wonder how common this is??

  2. For question number 12… it isn’t true that your body establishes a steady pattern of dilation when you reach active labor. There is no steady pattern of dilation… it can take hours to dilate 3 cm and then you can go from 3 to 10 cm in 40 minutes. This one is a bit misleading.

    • Unfortunately there are no rules for dilation. It can happen slowly or can be quick. Or start slow and progress quickly or the exact opposite!

  3. Birth Master! I’m expecting my first and also about to graduate nursing school…I must have absorbed a lot in my maternal-child class. 🙂 I’m looking forward to learning a lot more and hoping for an easy labor and healthy baby. 😉

  4. I am a birth novice. :/ As a nurse I guess I don’t remember much from nursing school apparently. Lol I just found out we are expecting and can’t wait to read your book that I pre-ordered! 🙂

    • Same! OB was too long ago lol better get to that birthing class!

  5. Birth Master! I want to thank my wife, The U.S. Navy, Pensacola, Dayton, my mentors, and all the moms and birth partners that I worked with. Plus, Positive Birth Movement Group in Beavercreek / Dayton Ohio.

  6. Master of birth. I’d expect nothing less as a mother of 4 and a doula 🙂 my whole life is about birth.

  7. I am a birth Novice!! My baby is due in September & Mama, your book is going to arrive at the perfect time!! Thank you so much!! I am gonna need it!!

  8. I’m excited to be a Birth Master!!

  9. I’m a birth master! I guess all of the reading I’ve been doing while I’m pregnant with my first has paid off!

  10. This was so much fun!!! So excited for your book to release!!! ❤️

  11. I am the birth master! Well, I am pregnant with my first baby but, I am a nurse, and I have always been interested in childbirth, and I have read all the books. Now I hope all that reading helps when I am actually bringing my little one into this world in October.

  12. Birth devote (lol I’m 15 1/2) only missed two things

  13. If this test wants to call me the “birth master”, who am I to disagree! 😉 After 3 natural births, I guess I better know what I’m doing 😉 Only got #12 wrong.

    • That’s the only one I got wrong too. I hesitated thinking yes that’s when there’s an established rhythm but said false because of the possibility of labor stalling once active labor has started.

      • I missed that too and I’ve had 8 natural births. I say they got that answer wrong. In an ideal world yes there is a rhythm but it’s not always (for me seldom) a reality. ? Fun quiz though!

        • That’s the only one I got wrong, too! Have had four labors/deliveries, but hard to remember if there was much steady rhythm there. =)

    • You got 12 correct. They presented the question as if every time active labor is happening then steady rhythm of contraction and dilation is happening. Totally untrue.

    • That’s also the only one I got wrong! I definitely didn’t have an established pattern once active labor started and several of my clients (I’m a birth photographer) have been the same way. Oh well, proud to be called a “Birth Master!”

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