• Am I in labor?

    When to come to the hospital can sometimes be confusing. Below are reasons to come immediately to the Birthing Center Triage, and reasons to contact your doctor. 

    Reasons to come to the hospital

    • Contractions* every five minutes for one hour if greater than 37 weeks
    • Contractions* every 10 minutes for one hour if less than 37 weeks
    • Your water breaks
    • Vaginal bleeding - soaking a sanitary pad each hour
    • Vaginal bleeding like you’re having a period
    • Decreased fetal movements (less than 10 movements in 2 hours)
    • Vomiting for 24 hours
    • Any kind of fall, car accident or abdominal trauma

    * Time contractions from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction.  

     Reason to call your doctor

    • Headaches that don’t go away with Tylenol
    • Epigastric pain (pain in the upper abdomen)
    • Vision changes
    • Symptoms of urinary tract infection (burning with urination)
    • Fever greater than 100.5°F by mouth 

    Phone numbers

    The Birthing Center (Triage) 

    Kentucky Women’s Health Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Polk-Dalton Clinic

    UK Family Practice

    UK Healthcare Obstetrics & Gynecology Georgetown