Labor and Delivery
How do I know if I am in labor?
Each labor experience is different. It may start with your water breaking. Or, you may have a daylong backache that turns into contractions. Contractions could also start suddenly.
- For more about the signs of labor, including a chart that explains some of the signs of early labor, go to allinahealth.org/pregnancy.
If you think you are in labor, call your doctor or midwife. They can answer any questions about when you should come to the hospital.
Beginnings app: Use your iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® to time and record contractions with the Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond mobile application. Download the free app from itunes.apple.com.
Delivering at The Mother Baby Center
You're in labor! Take a breath...we've got you covered.
- A dedicated entrance to The Mother Baby Center is located on 26th Street, between Elliott Avenue and Chicago Avenue. Turn right into the entrance and follow the roundabout to the front doors of The Mother Baby Center.
- If parking, we recommend you park in the ramp located on the east side of The Mother Baby Center. Take the stairs or elevator to the skyway level (level D). Walk through the skyway and then follow signage directing you to The Mother Baby Center.
Stages of labor
There are three stages of labor. During the first stage, the cervix thins and dilates and contractions begin. The second stage involves pushing the baby through your birth canal. The third stage is the shortest and easiest – cutting the umbilical cord and expelling the placenta.
- Learn what to expect during each stage of labor on allinahealth.org/pregnancy.