Are you in Labor?

Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell whether you’re in labor. There are, however, some definite signs.

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Arriving at EAMC

It’s time – but where do you go?

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Labor & Delivery

Baby’s almost here!.

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Childbirth Unit

We welcome more than 1,700 little miracles into the world every year

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Are You in Labor?


Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell whether you’re in labor. There are, however, some definite signs.

Are you in Labor

Some or all of these things might happen when you go into labor:

  • Your water might break. You might feel a big gush of water, or you might fell water trickling down your legs.
  • You might feel contractions (tightening) of your uterus. Your womb will feel hard and then soft, and it might be painful.
  • You might see a “bloody show,” meaning pink-colored mucus coming from your vagina.

What you should do if you think you are in labor:

  • Call your doctor or nurse if you think your water has broken.
  • If you have contractions, time them. When they are coming every 5 minutes, call your doctor to see if it is time to go to the hospital.
  • Don’t eat any heavy or fatty foods. Sometimes this can make you feel sick and vomit in labor. It’s better to drink liquids such as tea, juice or broth.

Call your doctor or nurse immediately if

  • You have heaving bleeding from your vagina
  • You have a sharp pain that does not go away
  • The baby stops moving for several hours
  • You have any signs of labor before 37 weeks of pregnancy

Arriving at EAMC


It’s time – but where do you go?

Arriving at EAMC

When you come to East Alabama Medical Center for the birth of your new baby, please enter the hospital through the main lobby entrance. If you need to come to the hospital after 9 p.m., you will still be granted access through the main entrance by Security. You should NOT go through the Emergency Department unless you are in an emergency situation. You will take the main elevator up to the Third Floor, and will be greeted at the reception/registration desk. You will then be escorted to the Childbirth Unit, at your primary support person(s) will be directed to the Waiting Area for a brief period of time when we are getting you admitted and settled into your room. The Reception/Registration staff are on duty 24 hours a day and in conjunction with the Childbirth Unit, work to provide a swift and comfortable admission to the hospital.

We were greeted the second we stepped off the elevators and immediately taken back to a room! We couldn't have asked for more prompt service.

Labor & Delivery


Baby’s almost here!

Labor and Delivery

Once admitted, the mother will be evaluated to determine if she is indeed in labor. If in labor, she will be admitted to one of our spacious birthing rooms. The rooms provide seating for your primary support person(s), a rocking chair, television, and special lighting and equipment that establish an environment that allows for labor, birth, and recovery all in the same room. If there will be a cesarean birth, delivery will occur in our designated Obstetrical Surgical Suite. Visitation will be limited to three people during labor. Once delivery is imminent, only two visitors will be allowed to stay in the labor room. Upon delivery of the new baby, the primary support person will remain with mom and baby, while the second visitor goes to the waiting area and updates waiting family and friends. After delivery, mom may elect to have up to three visitors stay with her during in-room recovery. Should mom experience a cesarean birth, visitor access will be limited to one primary support person in the Obstetrical Surgical Suite and Recovery.

During the labor process, an RN will be providing care and support. If you would like, photographs may be taken during labor and delivery, but we ask that you refrain from videotaping of the birth.

The labor and delivery room was large and very comfortable. You don't feel like you are in the hospital at all.

The Childbirth Unit


The Childbirth Unit in East Alabama Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Center is where we welcome more than 1,700 little miracles into the world every year.

The Childbirth Unit

Located on the third floor, the Childbirth Unit features eight childbirth suites. Each suite is designed with laminate hardwood floors, crown molding, and armoires to provide a comfortable, relaxed, and home-like atmosphere for your birth experience. In addition, the unit has three observation suites for outpatient care and services and a spacious operating room for mothers requiring a Cesarean section.

Services offered by the Childbirth Unit include antepartum testing, labor, delivery and immediate postpartum care, surgical services (Cesarean sections and immediate postpartum sterilizations) and post-anesthesia recovery.

Pain Management


We want you to have the birth experience you have chosen, whenever possible. Whether you have chosen natural childbirth (with no anesthesia or pain medication) or to have medications, including an epidural, or if you need a Cesarean, we are here to help.

No matter what time of day (or night!) that your baby decides to come, anesthesiologists are available around the clock to provide pain management. At EAMC, our staff and physicians will work to provide you with a safe and secure experience whether you want a pain-free or medication-free birth process.

Do you need more information?

We tried to include information about every facet of pregnancy and childbirth at EAMC on our web site, but if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us and we will respond within 48 hours.