If you have a true emergency that cannot wait until the office reopens our office number will prompt you to connect to an answering service who will page the doctor on call. While we are always available in emergencies, we ask you to use your judgment and not disturb the doctors after hours with matters that can be dealt with the next business day.
Examples of reasons to call the emergency line (24 hours) in the first and second trimester include vaginal bleeding that is more than spotting, persistent cramping, any severe pain, fever higher than 101.0 F, or vomiting that is preventing fluid intake for more than 24 hours.
Examples of reasons to call the emergency line (24 hours) in the third trimester include:
- Leaking amniotic fluid (a persistent trickle or gush of watery fluid)
- Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy that is more than spotting
- Severe Pain
- Decreased or absent fetal movement (at rest, you should feel at least 6-10 small movements in an hour), or regular, painful contractions.
If you are 36 weeks or more, you have not had a C-section before, and your doctor is planning a vaginal delivery, call us when your contractions have been 5 minutes apart or less for at least an hour. If you are worried or not sure if you are in labor, it is always best to call. If you feel that you need to go to the hospital at any time, please call us first so that the doctor on call can advise you and let the hospital know that you are coming.