Don't be scared! first off, the pain REALLY isn't as bad as people make it sound-- especially in the early stages. I used no drugs whatsoever, & it got intense, yes, but never so much that a needle in my spine sounded like a better option.
Second, the 30 min drive is NOTHING. I'm guessing this is your first baby, which means You will most likely be in labor for a minimal of 15 hrs. My dr told me to come to the hospital when the contractiions were CONSISTANTLY 4-5 min apart. I was actually working at an outdoor fair 30 min from my hospital when I started having contractions. I walked around most of the day till they were about 5 min. apart (walking helps labor progress, so it's REALLY good to do) went home, took a hot shower & then a bath which also helped w/ the pain & progress, then got to the hospital when they were about 2-3 min apart. My girl came about 3 hours later. It was a WONDERFUL experience!!!
at 6:01 PM on Aug. 4, 2009