Labor and Delivery

Why Choose Providence

True Labor vs. False Labor

True Labor
Contractions - regular pattern
Get longer, stronger, closer
Last 30-60 seconds
May have diarrhea, cramping
Get stronger with position change


Contractions are irregular
Don’t get closer, stronger
May last 1-2 minutes
No diarrhea
Go away with walking, position change, hot bath

When to Go to the Hospital

If you experience any of the following, you will need to go to Labor and Delivery.

  • Rupture of membranes. This is usually a slow leak or a sudden gush of fluid. The fluid may be clear, yellow, brown, or blood tinged.
  • Contractions. When your contractions are every five minutes apart and lasting for 45-60 seconds and have been that way for one to one and one half hours. True labor contractions gradually get stonger, closer together and last longer. They do not go away with activity such as walking, warm baths or position change.
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding with or without pain.
  • Decreased fetal movement.
  • There is no need to contact the physicians on call when you have a question about whether to go to Labor and Delivery. The nurses on Labor and Delivery will contact the physician with all pertinent information after you arrive. 

Pain Management in Labor

You have many options to manage the pain of labor and delivery. There are natural methods including breathing, movement, massage, hypnotherapy, etc. Medical options include IV pain medication and epidural anesthesia.

Delivery and the On Call Doctor

Please keep in mind as we approach the time of your delivery that our group works on a call system. Each day at 5 pm, the on call doctor receives check-out from all the other physicians on any laboring patients. When possible we try to meet each patient as we take over care. Please be assured that your prenatal care and the details of your labor are discussed in order to make the transition as seamless as possible. The on call physician cares for all patients who are admitted overnight.