PREGNANCY

When is it time to go to the delivery ward?

När är det dags att ta sig till förlossningen? - engelskaThe content concerns Östergötland

The first part of the delivery is normally spent at home. When the contractions intensify, it may be time to go to the delivery ward. But how do you know when it’s time? This text gives you some guidance.

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You can also call the delivery ward to consult a midwife. The midwife will listen to you and will give you advice based on the situation on whether it is time to come in, or if it is better for you to stay home a while longer.

The delivery ward usually wants you to call ahead, even if you are sure that it’s time. That way, they can be prepared for your arrival. Your maternity clinic will tell you which delivery ward you should contact.

You can always call 1177 if you don’t know which delivery ward to contact.

Listen to yourself - Utgå från dig själv

The most important thing when you are going to give birth is that you listen to your own body and trust your feelings. You can always come in for a check-up if you are uncomfortable and find it difficult to relax. You may be sent back home if everything is fine and the midwife makes the assessment that it’s not time yet.

Things that affect when you should come in - Saker som påverkar när du bör åka in

There are a few things that may determine whether it’s time to go to the delivery ward:

  • How often you are having contractions and how they feel.
  • If your waters have broken.
  • If you have given birth before.
  • How far you have to travel to the delivery ward.
  • If you have previously received particular advice from health service staff, for example because you have a chronic illness.

There are also other situations where you need to go to the delivery ward. For example, if you are bleeding or experiencing consistent abdominal pain.

You can read more about the different stages of labour here.

The contractions may decide -Värkarna kan avgöra

The severity of your contractions may determine if it is time to go to the delivery ward. It is usually time to go if one or more of the following is true:

  • The contractions are up to one minute long. They are clearly limited. You clearly feel when they begin and end.
  • The contractions are regular. They come at regular intervals. You have three to four contractions within ten minutes. This means that the contractions are two to three minutes apart.

Your waters break - Vattnet går

If your waters break, you usually need to come in to the delivery ward for a check-up. Especially if the water is discoloured and smells bad. If that happens, you need to go to the delivery ward immediately.

Even if the contractions have not started, you may need to come in when the waters break. You may then be sent back home, if everything is fine. Labour may be induced if the contractions have not started properly within a few days after the waters break.

Have you given birth before? - Har du fött barn tidigare?

The delivery will often be quicker if you have given birth before. Especially if you have previously had a quick birth. In that case, it may be good to go to the delivery room early on.

How far do you have to travel? - Hur långt har du att åka?

You may have to go to the delivery room sooner if you have to travel far to the delivery ward.

When can you stay? - När får man stanna?

When you arrive to the delivery ward, the midwife will check how much the cervix has dilated. You can usually stay if it is more than three to four centimetres open.

You may be sent back home if the midwife makes the assessment that it will be a while before the baby comes. This is not unusual, but it can still be disappointing.

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