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will L&D keep you if youre dilated to 4? Shayx22 1 child; Ohio 252 posts
8th Dec '11

I've gone into preterm labor twice now and a week ago I was 3 centimeters dilated, 75% effaced and my LO was at -1. I know I can stay at that point for weeks and I don't want my baby to come just yet but my doctor said if I go into labor now they wont try to stop it again also she starts checking me regularly this coming Tuesday. And i know a lot of hospitals keep you if youre dilates to 4, so my question is if I'm dilated to 4 will the hospital keep me or is it only if you're having contractions and dilated to 4 that they keep you, I just want to have a heads up if what could happen if I have progressed to 4. Thanks!

Alfies Mama Due February 26; 1 child; Gilroy, California 2603 posts
8th Dec '11

Mine doesn't do anything until you're 5. it sucks because when i went into labor they wouldn't admit me because I wasn't at 5. My water broke once we got home from the hospital.

user banned Due March 20; 2 kids; Pinckney, Michigan 49647 posts
8th Dec '11

I wouldn't see why not.
Mine kept me when I was at a two. I was having consistent contractions though.

BoOm French Toast 2 kids; Massachusetts 11220 posts
8th Dec '11

Mine kept me at 4 but my water broke so I think that's why.

BrittanieY 18 kids; South Carolina 16634 posts
8th Dec '11

I would think that you need to be in active labor to keep you.

Carrieanne27 Due February 1 (boy); New York 100 posts
8th Dec '11

they kept my friend when she was 4 cm dialted, she wasnt having contractions. i guess she was just going in to do somthing with her appendix and they checked her before hand and seen she was "in labor"

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
8th Dec '11

i doubt it.. they might just make you walk and check you again, if you dont progress they will send you home... my friend was 4 cm for 2 weeks.

castaway 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 19314 posts
8th Dec '11

It really depends on the hospital. With my daughter I was dilated to a 4, and if it didn't change they would have sent me home, (their words).

user banned 2 kids; Grand Rapids, Michigan 21095 posts
8th Dec '11

Here it is 5cm or consistent contractions that are helping you progress at all.

Crystal Mom of 4 4 kids; New York 6309 posts
8th Dec '11
Quoting Alfies Mama:" Mine doesn't do anything until you're 5. it sucks because when i went into labor they wouldn't admit me because I wasn't at 5. My water broke once we got home from the hospital."


:shock: Wow, that's just asking for trouble. I hope you made it back to the hospital in time.

Momma of 2.5 Due September 30; 2 kids; Austin, Texas 2513 posts
8th Dec '11

You need to be having regular contractions or have your water break for the hospitals here to keep you.

Jo&M 2 kids; Delaware 3311 posts
8th Dec '11

Most hospitals keep you when you are between 4-5 centimeters, depending on their policies. If our hospital admits you are you fail to progress for 12 hours they send you back home until you begin exhibiting other signs of labor.

WTFno Due October 5; 3 kids; Ohio 2739 posts
8th Dec '11

Usually they will keep you no matter how much you are dilated if you are having consistent labor rythym contractions or if your water breaks.

NinjaSAPIOSEXUALShahinda 5 kids; Strongsville, Ohio 34460 posts
8th Dec '11

Nope, not unless you're in active labor or your water breaks. I was 4cm for weeks with 3 of my kids.

★ℭhristina 2 kids; Michigan 1260 posts
8th Dec '11

I was 4cm for a week and had contractions but they werent consistant enough to go to the hospital (they would've sent me back home)