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Giving birth is a time of joy -- and stress -- in a woman's life. Find out your labor and delivery knowledge by taking this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is a sign that a woman is approaching labor?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are signs a women is approaching labor: if the baby drops lower into the woman's pelvis, she has a bloody mucus discharge or continued lower back pain and cramping. Some women also have a flurry of energy and the impulse to cook and clean (called nesting).

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What are Braxton-Hicks contractions?

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The correct answer is: Braxton-Hicks contractions are false labor pains. They are irregular and infrequent contractions that are felt more in the abdomen than the back. The upside? It's a good chance to practice breathing techniques for labor.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of the following stimulates labor?

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The correct answer is: Breast stimulation releases the body's hormone oxytocin, which increases contractions.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Labor is considered premature if it starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Premature labor is defined as labor that starts before 37 weeks. That's the time when a baby's lungs are fully matured.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How many hours does the first stage of labor last?

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The correct answer is: The first stage of labor is the longest, usually lasting about 12 to 19 hours. It starts with the onset of labor and ends when the cervix is fully dilated to 10 centimeters.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

When is a woman in active labor?

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The correct answer is: A woman is in active labor when her contractions are two to three minutes apart and each contraction lasts for about sixty seconds.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a reason to induce labor?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Health problems in the mother, not having enough amniotic fluid and the baby growing too slowly are all reasons doctors will induce labor.

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True or false: Inducing labor does not increase a woman's chance of a cesarean delivery.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Inducing labor increases a woman's chance of a cesarean delivery.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a risk from cesarean section?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are risks of cesarean births. Women who have cesarean sections have more infections after the birth, more pain, longer recovery time and a greater chance of being rehospitalized. They are also at a slightly increased risk of rare complications such as blood clots and bowel obstructions.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What are natural ways to deal with labor pain?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A woman can naturally relieve pain during labor by trying relaxation techniques like breathing slowly, taking a warm shower and using a labor ball.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What is the most effective level of pain relief during labor?

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The correct answer is: An epidural analgesia is the most effective method of pain relief during labor. Medication is delivered through a catheter near the nerves exiting the spinal cord to temporarily numb regions of the body, so the woman feels little or no pain from contractions.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What factor influences when a mom-to-be can receive an epidural?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pain level, dilation level and position of the baby can influence the decision to receive an epidural. However, a woman can request an epidural whenever she wants.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: An epidural slows down labor.

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The correct answer is: This is false. An epidural given at the appropriate time will not slow down labor. The best time for an epidural is after the mother is 4 cm dilated with regular, strong contractions.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is the most common type of delivery?

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The correct answer is: Vaginal delivery is the most common and safest type of delivery.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What factor prompts a doctor to schedule a cesarean section (C-section)?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Being an older mother, having a baby that is too large to pass through the pelvis, and having multiple babies are factors that prompt a C-section.

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True or false: Midwives can be a good option for healthy women who are at low risk for problems during labor or delivery.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A certified midwife can be a good option for women who are at low risk for problems during labor and delivery. However, all midwives should have a back-up plan with an obstetrician (OB) in case of emergencies.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What is placenta previa?

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The correct answer is: Placenta previa is when the placenta blocks the cervix. It can cause hemorrhaging during labor as the contraction and relaxation of the uterine muscle interrupts the integrity of the placental tissue.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: About 50 percent of women have a bowel movement during labor.

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The correct answer is: This is true. With all the pushing that's going on, it's not surprising that about half of all women have a bowel movement during labor.

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What's the first thing a doctor does when a baby is born?

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The correct answer is: The first thing a doctor does when a baby is born is cut the umbilical chord. The doctor then checks the baby to make sure he or she is breathing and wipes off the baby to regulate his or her temperature. Then the doctor will let the mother hold her baby.

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How long does a woman have to stay in the hospital after giving birth through vaginal delivery?

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The correct answer is: A woman can typically go home 1 to 2 days after giving birth through vaginal delivery. It's typically 3 to 4 days for those who have a C-section.

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