Secrets of Labor Nurses: Insider Tips for an Easier Birth

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Jennifer L. W. Fink on Feb 4, 2011 at 2:44PM

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a Jennifer L. W. Fink on Feb 3, 2011 at 12:43PM

While the nurses strive to make you feel at home, they know that nothing can match the comfort of familiar surroundings. So they urge patients not to head to the hospital at the first sign of labor. Instead, keep yourself as comfortable as possible at home -- until your contractions are hard to handle (you’ll know!) or closer than five minutes apart. (Trust us, the hospital sofa is not as cushy as yours.) “As long as you’re in communication with your provider and you feel good being at home, stay put,” says Robin Schmidlein, RNC, BSN a nurse at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Just don’t forget to check the weather and traffic. If bad weather or traffic is expected, it’s a good idea to head in sooner rather than later.

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