Labor & Postpartum Care
When You Are In Labor
Call us if you experience:
Contractions. Call when you are having contractions three-five minutes apart, lasting one minute each, for over an hour.
Ruptured membranes with clear fluid and no labor pains, if your vaginal culture for Group B strep at 36 weeks was positive. If your membranes rupture call us.
Ruptured membranes with green amniotic fluid. This may be meconium (fetal stool) which occasionally signifies fetal distress. You will be instructed to come to the hospital when fluid is this color.
Heavy bleeding and/or unremitting, severe pain.
If you do not feel the baby move-10 movements in 2-3 hours.
Labor pains are typically uniform in their intensity and predictably rhythmic in their timing.
In general, when at term, there is NO need to call if:
You are cramping or having erratic contractions, even if some are strong.
You note a slight bloody discharge, pass your mucous plug or see blood-tinged mucous in the absence of regular labor pains.
PLEASE DO CALL 716-372-2229 before Going to the Hospital
You will be asked to proceed to Olean General Hospital and go to the Registration Desk. If after hours, the Emergency Room will receive you.
If you have already “Pre-Registered,” the process is seemless.
The Nurses in Labor and Delivery will stabilize and assess the situation.
When discharged from the hospital, please call to schedule a post-partum appointment at six weeks after a vaginal delivery or two weeks after a cesarean section.
Bleeding and Cramping
Bleeding and cramping should gradually decrease after delivery and may not completely disappear for four to six weeks. You may occasionally pass some clots or have heavy bleeding. Unless you are soaking a pad every hour for four hours, there is no need to worry. If you develop worsening abdominal pain, please call us.
Fevers are common as breast milk comes in. Occasionally, a duct or gland may get clogged and form a lactocoele. Continue breastfeeding and eventually the lactocoele will resolve and the fever will abate. If fevers over 101.5 persist and are accompanied by skin redness, this may be