Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Do You Match with a Midwife?

by Melissa Garvey, ACNM Writer and Editor

Have you ever taken one of those online quizzes that matches you with the political candidate who most shares your views? So many people are surprised to find they match with a political candidate they never considered. It’s easy to cast a vote in favor of the candidate who gets the seal of approval from family members, friends, or the media rather than to objectively evaluate your beliefs and the candidate’s stances. Unfortunately, many women choose their birth care provider in the same manner.

That’s why I’m thrilled about a new online quiz that helps women objectively evaluate the type of care provider who will best meet their needs. Created by ACNM and Jones Public Affairs, Inc. and funded by the A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc., the quiz was in development for more than a year and has passed the careful scrutiny of a panel of maternity care experts. This is more than your average purely-entertainment-factor online quiz.

The name of the URL that hosts the quiz,, was chosen to appeal to a broad range of childbearing-aged women (hat-tip to ACNM Graphics Designer Simone Christian!). Our hope is that millions of women will take the quiz and be surprised to find they match with a midwife. Here are some ways you can help spread the word:
  • Post the link on your website or blog.
  • Share the link on your social networking profiles, including Facebook, Twitter, and any other site where you’re active.
  • Take the quiz at and if you’re impressed with your experience, consider writing your own blog post about it.
For more information about the quiz, check out the ACNM news release that went out this morning.

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