I can't speak from exp. since my water broke both times with my first 2 (once you walk into a hosp. w/ your water broke you don't walk out w/o a baby) and this time I'm not going to a hosp. but I do know friends that have gone to the hosp. only to be sent home since they were not far along enought - I'm not sure if that's dialation or painful contrax - you might want to ask your OB. Good luck!