cervical dilation

To Be in the Hospital or Not to Be: Jen's Natural Birth & When to Go to the Hospital

One of the biggest questions moms face as they head from early to active labor is: Is it time to go to the hospital yet? Once they're at the hospital, clinicians will check cervical dilation to determine whether it's time to be admitted to the hospital or it's safe to keep laboring at home. We are so grateful to Jen for sharing her birth story below, in which she experiences both sides of the spectrum of the "Is it time yet?" conundrum, from "Definitely go home and labor" to "We can't move you from this bed!" Jen is an inspirational blogging mom and author, and her website Fit Lovin' Mama has incredible resources for moms interested in fitness. She's even authored a book for post-pregnancy fitness! Read on to learn more about this fit mama's beautiful birth story.