When to go to the Hospital

When deciding if it is time to go to the hospital, go over these few questions:

1- Are there any medical reasons I need to go to the hospital sooner rather than later?  YES if any of the following occurs; bleeding, anything protruding from the vagina, non-clear liquid when the water breaks, you got a positive result at your Strep B test, or any other reason given by your care provider.

2- What are your care provider’s recommendations for contacting them and going to the hospital when you are in labor and do you want to follow them.

3- Do you want to go to the hospital.

4- How far from the hospital are you, how is the current traffic.

5- Do you want to labor in the hospital for a while, or do you want to arrive as close to the moment of delivery as possible.

If everything is normal, the Bradley method suggests first time moms head for the hospital when:

1- Contractions are 2-3 minutes apart

2- contractions are at least 60 seconds long

3-Mom is very focused and is not smiling

Second (third…) time moms should head to the hospital when:

1- Contractions are 4 minutes apart

2- contractions are at least 60 seconds long

3-Mom is very focused and is not smiling

Because you will labor better at home, consider leaving the hospital if you get there and are less than 4 cm dilated and the baby is doing well.

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