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4-5 minutes. I don't notice them or a pattern until they are 2-3 minutes apart and by then I'm in transition. She lives about 35 minutes away and will hopefully make it in time. I precip. Shortest labor was 47 minutes and longest was 3 hours (#1).
Aeon, mama to Grace, 12/04; Evangeline, 11/06; Duncan, 11/08 ; Henry, 12/09; and Ruby, 11/14.
She asks that we call her as soon as we suspect labor or that it might be coming (so she can rally the troops, arrange childcare, etc.), but not to *really*really* call her until 5-1-1 (5 minutes apart, 1 minute each for 1 hour). That said, since we live so close, she said she'll probably pop by for checks, see what's up and take it from there anyway.
I just asked this at my last appt since I have never started labor on my own. She said to call if my water breaks or if I have bloody show. She said they would be arriving when contractions were 5 minutes apart, but to give them a call if I am sensing labor just so they can get prepared. They also told my hubby to watch me and call if I seem strange...I tend to be the kind to put off calling people till last minute because I don't want to inconvenience them..LOL!