Quiz: Are you ready to have a baby?

PRINTABLE VERSION pdf

A link to an online version
that is self scoring is HERE.

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Do you want to have children at some time?

A

B

C

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?

 No

 Unsure

 Yes

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 and give yourself four extra points)

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 taskes, 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 children, and what childcare options are available to you given your financial situation and personal beliefs?

 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

22   Do medical problems or a history of a 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 and score as one point if not applicable)

 Over 45

 35-45

 Under 35

 

Scoring:

Give yourself two points for every A answer, one for each B, and none for each C.

35-52: Time to get moving!

21-35: In the “negotiation phase.”

Less than 20: Not ready.

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