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Contractions and Labor Overview from UnityPoint Health Dubuque

Contractions and labor

How do I know I'm in labor?

One question that many pregnant women ponder over is: How will I know when I'm in labor? And usually following that concern is: When should I go to the hospital? Fortunately the body provides various signs when labor is occurring, and these signs are usually fairly easy to detect.

What to expect during labor

It can be hard to know what to expect during labor, but being well-informed can help you feel prepared and confident. For you, labor may be a continuous experience you think of as either "early" or "active" labor, according to how powerful the contractions are. Your doctors and nurses however divide your labor and birth into four stages. It is important you know what each of these stages includes so you can understand what your doctor or nurses are discussing with you.

Common labor complications

When complications occur during labor, it can be alarming. However, being educated and aware of the complications that could possibly occur can help ease your fears and help you feel better prepared for the unexpected. Learn more about some common labor complications.

Having my baby

When you choose UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital you are ensuring you and your baby receive the highest level of care available. Before you arrive it is important to know what to expect during your stay. Finley offers one-on-one care during labor and delivery for you and your baby in the privacy of your own birth suite.