When should you call the hospital
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- When you are having two or more contractions in 10 minutes, they are regular in pattern and they are lasting 30-40 seconds
- If you are finding it hard to manage at home
- If your baby’s pattern of movements has changed.
- If your waters break.
- If you have any bleeding.
- A headache which does not resolve.
- Visual disturbances.
- Swelling of your hands and feet.
- If you are feeling unwell.
- If you have any questions.
Why you may be advised to stay or return home
The midwife will ask you some questions about your pregnancy to date. She will listen to you when you have a contraction as this will help her know how you are coping and assess which stage of labour you are in. The midwife may be able to advise you on how to cope at home until your labour is well established. Some women call several times before they come in to the hospital.
When you call, the midwife will talk to you about how your labour is progressing. As long as everything is normal, you may be advised to stay at home until labour becomes established. If you come into hospital the same process will be carried out. You may be advised to go home to wait for labour to become more established.
When you come to the hospital in labour the midwife will monitor your contractions. You may be offered an internal examination to see how far your labour has progressed. If this shows you are still in the early stages of labour, it may be better for you to be at home where you can be more active and relaxed.
If you go home, the midwife will give you advice which will help you cope with your labour and when to call again.
When you are in established labour
You will be assessed by the midwife. If your labour is advanced you will be shown to your delivery room. The midwife will discuss your birth plan with you and support you during your labour and birth.
George Eliot Hospital Labour Suite has ten delivery rooms and an obstetric theatre where Caesarean sections are performed. Women here receive consultant led and midwife led care. Two of the rooms have birthing pools for women to utilise for water labour and water birth.
A variety of different pain relief is offered including gas and air, pethidine and epidural. In the Labour Suite you will have one to one care from a midwife.
Home is an ideal place to have your baby. You are likely to be more relaxed within your own familiar surroundings, with family close at hand.
You can consider a home birth if you:
· are having a straightforward pregnancy
· have no medical problems
· have had no complications with a previous birth
If you are interested in having a home birth please discuss it with your community midwife as soon as possible. Be assured that a local community midwife is on call 24 hours a day to help you give birth.
George Eliot Hospital now has two state of the art birthing pools. Many mums say that water births have relaxed them and helped them during labour. Our birthing rooms have a calm relaxing environment with calming mood lighting to ensure that birth is as comfortable as possible.
RCM Positions in Labour Poster