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Signs of labour - when to ring in

If your pregnancy has been uncomplicated and you are having a hospital birth, it is advisable that you stay at home for as long as possible during the early stages of labour, as long as your baby is moving and you are coping with the contractions. Evidence suggests that your home environment will encourage you to remain relaxed and therefore more able to cope with the pain. Remember to continue to eat and drink during this time.

Please telephone the Rosie birth centre on 01223 217003 or the delivery unit on 01223 217217 if:

  • you think your waters have broken
  • your contractions are becoming more painful and regular and you need midwifery support
  • you have experienced any blood loss
  • you have any concerns about the movements of your baby
  • you have any other concerns

The midwives will then be able to help you decide whether you can stay at home or need to be reviewed in hospital. If your waters have broken, and you are considered not to be in labour after being reviewed by a midwife, please see the patient information leaflet on what to expect called ‘Ruptured membranes after 37 weeks of pregnancy’.

If you go beyond your expected date of delivery (EDD) by more than seven days and have a normal pregnancy, with no complications, your community midwife will discuss your options, including induction of labour with you.