Labour has started, what next?

The main signs of labour starting are strong and regular contractions, and a ‘show’ when the plug of mucus sealing your cervix comes away. Other signs that you are going into labour can include your waters breaking, backache, vomiting or nausea and diarrhoea. Later in labour, you may experience an urge to go to the toilet caused by your baby’s head pressing on your bowel.

If you think you have gone into labour, contact the Triage midwife on 0208 934 2802

The Midwife Assessment Triage (Triage)staff, provides individualised advice and assessment to women in early labour both over the telephone and/or face-to-face. It is staffed by a senior midwife who will ask questions to ensure you and your baby are well. You may or may not be asked to come into hospital.

When asked to attend, your care is prioritised according to needs and we aim to see you within 30 minutes.

If you have any other concerns and wish to speak to a Midwife, please contact DAU or Triage.

Opening times:
24 hours, seven days a week.
Contact details:
Triage: 0208 934 2802

Location :
1st floor of the main Maternity Unit

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