Monday, March 31, 2014

Can I Go To The Hospital For Problems When Not In Labor?

A friend recently asked me about this after a frustrating experience. She had been experiencing some intense pain and with it being the weekend it was not an option to go to the doctor's office to be looked at and was advised to go to labor and delivery.

If you are uncertain as to what is going on and you are concerned that something could be wrong, call your doctor's office and tell them the situation. In an after hour situation it is quite legitimate to go to labor and delivery at the hospital to be checked out, and the nurse adviser, doctor or midwife can tell you if this is best. 

If you are bleeding a lot or are having intense abdominal pain, go to the hospital ASAP and call your provider on the way. These can be emergencies that need to be addressed immediately!

Labor and delivery is there to help you, so do not be afraid to use them if you are really uncertain as to what is going on and you are concerned. 


  1. I had a friend last year who was 9 weeks and 5 days pregnant and began bleeding and cramping. She was not allowed to go to the Women's Center of the nearest hospital (her doctor's office was over an hour away), because she was not 20 weeks or further along. Instead, she had to go to the ER where she where her situation was not considered urgent and had to sit in the waiting room for several hours. Is 20 weeks a common requirement for Women's Center admissions? I was unaware of this policy before my friend's incident, even though I had four babies at this hospital. Thanks!

  2. It probably depends on the hospital. Since she was having symptoms of a miscarriage they may have sent her to the ER because that early there is nothing they can do to stop it, but I know when I worked L&D we had people as early as 12 weeks.

    I do remember an incident like this with a woman about the same weeks as her that ended up in the ER because she had symptoms of miscarriage.

    All that to say, check with the hospital. It may just depend on what the symptoms are for their problem. We use to get people all the time from the ER with problems not related to pregnancy. It really just depends


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