Am I in labor?

For women at term deciding when to go the hospital is not always easy. Sometimes it will seem like labor and next thing you know you have been sent back home. Many times these frustrations are unavoidable. It can be difficult to tell whether labor is true or false labor. Your goal should be to get to the hospital when labor is advanced enough that your cervix will be dilating. If you are observed for several hours and your cervix doesn't change, you may be sedated and sent back home to wait. If this happens it doesn't mean you're not in early labor, and it certainly doesn't mean you're not in pain. It probably means you are still in prodromal labor, and that more time is needed to enter active phase labor. In general there is an easy rule to remember. 5:1:1 Your contractions should be 5 minutes apart (or closer), lasting for 1 minute, for 1 hour of timing. If you make all three of these criteria you will probably be in early labor. Don't worry too much about not getting there in time. Most women will have contractions as close as 2 minutes apart as they enter the advanced stages of labor. If your water breaks, well, the 5:1:1 rule doesn't apply. Within a reasonable period of time you should go to the hospital. What is a reasonable period of time? Within a few hours. Don't stay at home for long periods of time waiting for contractions. If you aren't sure what to do, call Dr. Daum. He will help you decide how to proceed.

OB/GYN Services

Providing Exceptional Women's Healthcare

Your gynecologic health matters at every age. Dr. Paul Daum provides you with a full range of women’s services that address your health and well-being so that you can be the best you can be. Planning for or pregnant with a little one? Our caring staff are here to support you through the pregnancy journey, while Dr. Daum will deliver your baby and care for you in early motherhood. We deliver complete obstetrical care for the women with normal and high risk pregnancies from prenatal care, to delivery, and postpartum care.

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Congratulations on Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy will be an exciting time for you, filled with new experiences and challenges. Dr. Daum and...

Annual Gynecological Examinations

Full Range of Gynecologic Services

At Mansfield Miracles, we are devoted to providing the full range of gynecologic services. Our providers and...

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Important Part Of Your Pregnancy Care

Laboratory tests are an important part of your pregnancy care. At Mansfield Miracles, we offer routine,...

Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

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Laparoscopic HysterectomyLaparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy is performed using a scope and high resolution camera in your belly...

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A typical U.S. woman is fertile about 40 years — half of her expected lifespan. If you...

Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy is a remarkable time in a womans life.  It is  filled with joy and anticipation but...

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Caring for Women at Every Stage of Life

A woman needs OB/GYN services for every stage of her life... when she’s pregnant and when she’s not. Dr. Paul Daum and his staff are passionate about providing personalized quality health care to women of all ages. We are committed to giving all patients compassionate and comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care. We offer outstanding and caring obstetrical care, guiding our patients through healthy and successful pregnancies.

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