For those who have had hospital births...
How long did you labour at home before you went in to hospital?
With my first, I rang the hospital to let them know when I was sure that I was in labour. They advised me to stay comfortable at home until my contractions were 2 mins apart, and lasting one min. each. I was happy to do this, and when I went in to the hospital, I was there for about an hour or less before I gave birth.
Second was an induction, so I was already there!
I know some people rush in at the first sign of labour, only to be told it's false labour, or to be sent home again because it's too early. My Mum always told me it's best to stay at home as long as possible, because it makes the labour feel quicker.
I know some people also have very fast labours (an hour or less all up) - I guess in this situation, you really would need to rush in to hospital ASAP - but usually I would personally feel like it's best to labour at home for a while.
What is your opinion, and what did you do?