When to go to the Hospital

Check out Julie’s new blog post on her doula site about when first time moms should think about going to the hospital – and when they can wait a bit longer.

Julie Dubrouillet - childbirth educator, author and doula

Deciding when to go to the hospital can cause laboring couples a lot of stress. If you get there too early, you may get sent home or you run the risk of labor slowing down or stopping. If you go in too late, you run the risk of not making it. So when is the best time?

Well, for most first time couples the chances of not making it to the hospital in time and delivering in the car or at home are pretty slim. That’s a much more likely scenario with subsequent births, but for most first timers labor is long enough and the signs are pretty clear when it is time to go. Here are the signs to look for:

  1.  Contractions are strong. What does that look like? Mom has to stop during a contraction and pay attention to it. She can’t walk or talk through her…

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