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We know that cortisol (the stress hormone) and adrenaline can halt the flow of oxytocin and subsequently slow or stall your labour, especially if you aren’t in established labour. It’s for this reason that your midwife or obstetrician will encourage you to go to the hospital when your contractions are established and regular; commonly every three minutes and lasting for a minute. Just to confuse the issue, we know that labour (or more specifically, cervical dilation) isn’t a linear process; you may be in early labour for hours and then all of a sudden find yourself in very productive active labour, moaning through contractions that are one on top of another.
Let your intuition guide you; remember that you know your body better than anyone. If you feel like you need to go to the hospital or you no longer feel safe or comfortable at home, you have every right to call your care provider and let them know that you’re on your way.
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