Labor starts with contractions or the rupture of fetal membranes, i.e. the waters breaking. Please always call your maternity hospital before arrival.
You should come to the hospital when contractions come regularly less than ten minutes apart, last for approximately a minute, and feel so intense and painful that you are only able to focus on the contraction. Before the start of actual labor, contractions have usually already lasted for several hours. If you are exhausted by irregular premonitory pains or they prevent your rest, or you need tips on how to treat contraction pain at home, please call the hospital for advice. You can also call if you are unsure about whether labor has begun.
If you suspect that your waters have broken, place a sanitary pad and monitor the situation. If the fetal membranes have ruptured, amniotic fluid will leak into the pad. After the waters have broken, you can often still wait at home for contractions to begin. However, please call the hospital first to get instructions from the midwife. For the majority of mothers, labor will start within 24 hours of the time when the waters have broken, but you should come to hospital earlier than this.
Before you arrive at the hospital, please fill out the form Thoughts about the Coming Delivery and print it out for taking with you.
We aim to have a midwife accompany any cases of childbirth on the road in Lohja and Västra Nyland to support the paramedics.
Emergency services during pregnancy and labor
We take care of deliveries at Women's Hospital and Espoo, Hyvinkää, and Lohja hospitals.
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The labor process
In addition to the normal deliveries, the labor ward at Women's Hospital treats the most high-risk deliveries and extremely preterm births in the HUS area.
In the Maternity Unit of Lohja Hospital, we offer individual, high-quality care that is based on the wishes of the women giving birth, and is family…
In the labor ward of Espoo Hospital, we take care of deliveries and ensure the well-being of newborns.
On the Hyvinkää Hospital labor ward, you can give birth starting from 35+0 weeks of pregnancy. The maternity unit comprises the Maternity Outpatient Clinic…