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Signs of Labour

Most women begin labour between 37 and 41 weeks of pregnancy. Because you do not know when you will go into labour, it is a good idea to be ready a few weeks before your due date.


Talk to your doctor or midwife about any special instructions that they have for you about when to go to the hospital.

When to go to the Hospital

Go to the hospital when any of these things happen:

  • Your contractions are regular and making you uncomfortable

  • You think your water has broken

  • You have bleeding from your vagina

  • There is a change in how often your baby is moving

  • You are concerned about yourself or your baby

Please call the hospital at 519-843-2010 ext. 40402 to let us know that you are coming to the hospital so we can prepare for your arrival.



  • Heavy bleeding from your vagina

  • A seizure

  • Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or bad headaches

  • You feel like your baby is coming now- or you feel like pushing

  • You feel something unusual in your vagina or between your legs- this may be the baby's head

  • Sudden or constant pain in your abdomen, or bad cramps, stomach pains that do not go away

  • Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hands or face

We will support you in labour to help you manage your pain.

We have different drug-free ways to help you cope. In addition we offer several medication options including nitrous oxide, narcotics and epidurals. 

Thinking about your preferences and learning about options prior to the onset of labour is a good idea. 

Pain Management in Labour

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