I've been having sporadic contractions all day and up until an hour ago they haven't been at a regular frequency. Now they are about 8minutes apart but I can still function through them. My OB said to head in if or when they reach 6 minute intervals. However im just curious if labor stalls and I'm already at the hospital will they let me leave or will they keep me there? I was dilated to about a 4.5 at my last appointment and almost fully effaced.
What exactly do the doctors and nurses use as a gauge to decide whether or not to admit you or let you leave?