Yeah, what Spark said, shades of normal. I had a lot of clotting on my placenta, and a lot more that ultimately passed, but at no point was or did I feel baby was in distress. In fact, she was born so healthy - pink, breathing good, etc. It was a lot like a horror movie in my bathtub
I was sure it was a partial abruption after the fact. And like my friend said, it's probably a good thing there was no midwife, because she would have been nervous and probably wanted me to transfer.
I was confident I would recognize signs of warranted medical intervention. And even though the clots did alarm me (us) at first, I didn't feel going to the hospital was necessary. And it wasn't. My placenta looked soooo worse for the wear, though.
Gushing before birth of baby might alarm me, but I can't tell you what I'd do during that instance until I was there. If it felt like I needed a hospital, I'd definitely call. But who knows. It might just be a shade of normal.