Pitocin is a synthetic form of a natural hormone (Oxytocin) that is used to induce contractions in pregnant women. Pitocin is often used to stimulate labor in challenging pregnancies or pregnancies at risk for complication. It may also be used during pregnancy to test the fetal heartbeat, remove the afterbirth, and/or control womb bleeding after birth.
Doctors often use Pitocin to induce labor when the risk of continuing pregnancy threatens the life of the mother and/or baby. If the mother has severe diabetes, kidney disease, severe preeclampsia, severe high blood pressure, kidney disease and an overdue pregnancy with proven danger to the fetus, for example, doctors often recommend Pitocin to initiate uterine contractions.
Pitocin Side Effects
While Pitocin can be useful to initiate labor, however, it can also have serious side effects, both for you and your baby. These can include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalophathy
- Labor that starts too quickly
- Contractions that are difficult to manage without pain medication
- Contractions that become too powerful and close together
- Reduced oxygen to the baby
- Fetal distress
- Premature separation of the placenta
- Rupture of the uterus
- Laceration of the cervix
- Post-birth hemorrhage
- Fetal asphyxia
- Neonatal hypoxia
- Physical injury and prematurity
Further, even if you are experiencing a difficult pregnancy, using Pitocin to induce labor is not necessarily the best solution. The Mayo Clinic warns that labor induction may not be appropriate for you if:
- You’ve had a prior C-section with a classical incision or major surgery on your uterus
- The placenta is blocking your cervix (placenta previa)
- Your baby is lying crosswise in the uterus (transverse fetal lie)
- You have an active genital herpes infection
- Your birth canal is too small to allow for a normal labor or birth
- You have extreme swelling or high blood sugar levels
Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses and other health care professionals fail to take reasonable care, either through negligence or oversight.
Taking reasonable care is a legal obligation. If a medical professional does not take reasonable care, makes a foreseeable error and you or your baby is injured as a result, then you may be eligible to receive compensation for personal injury.
Pitocin-Related Birth Trauma—How We Can Help
Pitocin-related birth trauma can have a permanent and devastating impact on your life, most especially perhaps when it affects your infant child or results in the loss of your newborn. At Perey Law, we have a long record of winning personal injury lawsuits for clients who have suffered Pitocin-related birth trauma as a result of medical malpractice.
If you or your baby has suffered Pitocin-related birth trauma, your doctor may be at fault for the injury, and you may be eligible for compensation.
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