Hull Maternity Services

What to do when you go into labour

Have I gone in to labour?

There are several signs that labour might be starting. You may have one or several of these signs.  These signs can differ in each Pregnancy.
They can include:

  • Contractions or tightening’s
  • ‘A show’, when the plug of mucus from you cervix comes away
  • Waters Breaking (Rupture of Membranes)
  • Backache
  • Opening your bowels more frequently
  • Passing urine frequently

Signs that labour has begun
What will happen during labour and birth

What do I need to do next?

If you think you are in labour or your waters break, please call your allocated care team for advice:

  • Labour Ward
    • Call us on 01482 604390
    • Or call us on 01482 604490
  • The Fatima Allam Birth Centre
    • Call us on 01482 607860
    • Or call us on 07787274375
  • The Ivy Team
    • Call the mobile number noted on your hand held records
  • The Primrose Team
    • Call the mobile number noted on your hand held records
  • Community: Home Birth – Please call Labour Ward
    • Call us on 01482 382658 (weekdays only from 8.30am – 5.00pm)
    • Or call us on 01482 604490 or 01482 604390 (evenings and weekends from 5.00pm – 8.30pm)

If you have any of the following please call Labour Ward

  • You’re bleeding
  • You have unexplained abdominal pain
  • Your baby is moving less than usual or the pattern of movements has changed
  • You’re less than 37 week pregnant and think you might be in labour
  • You feel unwell, feverish or have a raised temperature
  • You are unsure or worried about your labour, yourself or your baby

Call us on 01482 604390
Or call us on 01482 604490

Call 999 if:

If Any Of The Following Happen, Then You Or Someone Else Must Call 999 Immediately, As These Are Emergency Situations

  • You can feel the umbilical cord inside your vagina or you can see it hanging out of your vagina
  • You are bleeding heavily
  • You lose consciousness
  • You are pushing or your partner can see your baby’s head
  • You have a seizure or fit