The thing with labor is you don't know how it's going to go. You can either call her when you first go into labor and risk her wasting a trip, or you can wait until you're definitely going to be admitted and risk her not making it. Call her when you feel comfortable calling her.
Me personally, I would have called my mom as soon as I thought I was going into labor. She would have rather been there and possibly "waste" a 3 hour one way drive, than to miss it.
Sgt M's Wife:Have you considered having your mom stay with you from your due date on? This way she's not racing to get there in time and you're not freaking out worrying if she's going to make...you'll have more important things to worry about.
This is what I would do if possible. Honestly, on our first, if H can't be around, I want my mom there to help me out. I've had lots of experience with babies, but being the sole caretaker? Never.
shinece:I don't have anyone to drive me I don't have friends here or family may have to drive myself. The good thing is the hospital is exactly 3 miles from my house.
I think I would call a Cab! but in regards to your mom, maybe she should come near your due date and stay a week or so
Whatever you do, do NOT try to drive yourself to the hospital while in labor.
My DD (only child) lives all the way across the country and isn't sure where her DH will be (he's currently in Marine TBS) when her due date arrives. So far our plan is I will fly to stay with her 1-2 weeks prior to her due date, and stay 2 weeks after the baby arrives.
The others are correct, there is no way to predict how fast or slow your labor will be. I have one young friend who headed to the hospital at the first sign of labor and barely made it in time, first pregnancy. I agree with the suggestions about having your mom come stay with you near your due date. You might not feel like going to the store, cleaning house, etc. These are things a mom can do to help make sure you are well-rested before the big day.