I've tried to educate people on this for a while. They've read in the childbirth books that membrane rupture = imminent birth. So, they call 911 thinking that immiment means that baby is heading out NOW and they have no time to get to the hospital. I explain that this may not be the case. If your water breaks and you aren't having contractions, wait a bit, see what happens, and call your OB. If you've been in labor for a while (and mom is a primip), think about heading to the hospital but don't kill yourself driving there. Of course, this is not true 100% of the time, but this is my general outline - just because the water breaks doesn't mean the babe is heading out NOW.
I'm getting on my soapbox, but I know this is familiar territory. I hate
it when the ambulance pulls up out front, mom is happy, chatting away with everyone (a sign that she's probably in very early labor, if at all), and then the rest of the family entourage arrives five minutes later. Umm.. hello? Where were these people when you said you needed to go to the hospital? Judging from time of their arrival, they weren't very far away, but to make the birth story sooo much more exciting, pregnant mom must
arrive by ambulance although she could have safely had her family drive her to the hospital!
Of course, most of these drama queens arrive at taxpayers' expense. Just to make it a bit more exciting in years to come and brag about in coffee circles, just to make everything a bit more dramatic.
This is one of my biggest pet peeves. And it happens more than once a day sometimes.