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Preparation for Labor

When do I go to the hospital?

-Regular, painful contractions every five minutes for at least one hour. These contractions should be strong enough that you cannot walk or talk during them.

woman making a list of things to pack for going to the hospital to give birth

-Loss of fluid. This may be a gush of fluid that soaks your clothing or a slow, constant wetness you cannot control. If you think your water might be broken, it is best to go in and have it checked.

-Not feeling the baby move. If you have not felt the baby move normally, you should drink something with a lot of sugar, for example orange juice, and lay down to concentrate just on feeling the baby. If you are still not feeling the baby move normally, go to Norman Regional HealthPlex’s Emergency Department where the baby’s well-being will be evaluated by a board-certified OB hospitalist in the Obstetrical Emergency Department (OBED).

-Vaginal bleeding. Some women may spot after their cervix is checked in the office or after sex. If you are bleeding enough to have to put on a pad, you should be evaluated to ensure the blood is coming from the cervix and not the placenta.

If you have any of the above symptoms, go to the Norman Regional HealthPlex. Your doctor doesn’t deliver at any hospital other than Norman Regional HealthPlex. You do not need to call the office to let us know. A board-certified OB hospitalist in the Obstetrical Emergency Department (OBED) will evaluate you then contact your doctor after you have arrived at the HealthPlex.

When do I call my doctor?

If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If you are pregnant and think your water is broken or you are in labor, you do not need to call the answering service. If your labor was not already scheduled for today, please go directly to Norman Regional HealthPlex’s Emergency Department entrance located at the east side of the hospital. From there you will be seen in the Obstetrical Emergency Department (OBED) where a board-certified OB hospitalist will assess your condition, work closely with your primary physician, and provide appropriate treatment.

It is our policy that absolutely no prescriptions will be called in after normal business hours. If you need a prescription, you will need to go to the emergency room or a minor ER clinic to be properly evaluated and treated.

If you have an URGENT condition that cannot wait until normal business hours, you may call our answering service at 405-793-2229. Any other problems should be addressed during normal business hours. There may be a charge for any non-emergency calls made to the answering service outside normal business hours.

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