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It does vary between OBs and hospitals alot. My Dr won't stop labor after 36 weeks, but I know some will up until full term (37 weeks).
It also depends on if it's just contractions or water breaking. My water broke w/ DS so they didnt' stop labor even though I wasn't 36 weeks because the risk of infection was high. But, if it had just been contractions the Dr would have tried to stop them w/ meds.
I went in at 35 1/2 weeks with contractions 10 minutes apart. I was 3cm dilated at first check, almost fully effaced and 3.5 at next. That was about when I started asking "so, when do we talk about making this stop" and they said "you aren't going anywhere - baby's on the way"
I've read posts from other ladies who had contractions stopped at L&D at 37 weeks, though. I suppose it has more to do with how baby looks on the monitor, how big baby is, etc then on actual dates.
FYI, Rowan ws born about 6 hours after the aforementioned conversation, lmost 7 lbs and perfectly healthy other than an initial low sugar (from my GD) and a bruised face (from his rapid descent) so I guess the doctors and nurses knew what they were doing :)