When to Go to the Hospital

Ask your health care provider when you should call the office and go to the hospital. This will depend on how far away you live from the hospital, whether this is your first child, how long any previous labors have been, and whether or not your health care provider anticipates any problems.

In general, we want you to go to the hospital when you're in active labor.

General Guidelines on When to Call

If this is your first baby, call your health care provider when:

If you've given birth before, call when:

When Your Water Breaks

From the "Birth Day News" series.


Clinical review by Jane Dimer, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 03/01/2014