Some hospitals give you a small room called a Triage where they can assess you to see if you’re really in labor.
There are multiple ways to assess if you are actually in labor:
- They will place a device on your stomach to monitor the baby’s heart beat.
- They will place a device on your stomach to monitor your contractions.
- They will check to see how dilated your cervix is.
- They will watch you for a while and see how your cervix is changing over time.
- They may check if your water has broken by inserting a speculum into your vagina, then looking at the sample under a microscope or use a type of strip or swab that can test the secretions for amniotic fluid .
It is common for patients to come in, thinking they are labor, before they are actually in labor. Don’t worry if this happens to you, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the safety and health of you and your baby.
If you are indeed in labor, they will either move you to a new room where you can prepare for the birth of your baby, or get you set up in your current room.
Usually the nurse will asses you, and stay in telephone communication with the doctor so he can make the decision as to whether you are in labor or not.