If you experience PROM in pregnancy, which stands for premature rupture of membranes (which is when your water breaks before labor begins), unless you’re considered high risk or have been recommended to come in right away, you don’t necessarily have to rush to the hospital.
First and foremost speak with your provider, but also remember C.O.A.T!
Color – Is the fluid that’s leaking clear, with no meconium present?
Odor – Is the fluid foul smelling or have a strong smell to it?
Amount – How much fluid is leaking? Was it a big huge gush of fluid? If so, then you may want to go in. If it’s more of a trickle then you may have more time to labor at home.
Time – When did your water break? Infection increases after 24 hours of your water being broken.
Staying home during early labor can help reduce chances of intervention or cesarean birth. It may help you progress more so, because being at home (which is a comfort/happy place for you) will cause your body to produce more oxytocin than a hospital setting – which can actually cause your body to create adrenalin, which oxytocin does not like. You’ll be able to eat and drink without worrying about hospital protocol. A marathon runner wouldn’t run without food for energy first, and either should you! Birth is a marathon in it’s own way. Also, you may have more options for movement and pain coping techniques at home, than in the hospital.
*I am not a doctor or medical provider, while this information is provided for educational purposes, you should always talk with your provider.