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The Truth About Pitocin

April 10, 2008 3 comments

I am a woman who is blessed to have connections with many women. We share our pregnancies, births, and many other exciting phases of our lives together. We each learn something new from everyone else’s experiences. As a woman who has birthed two children and was able to do so exactly as I desired I feel the need to share an important piece of information with all women, even those I don’t know so well. So if you are reading this, please share this vital information with every woman you know. It may change everything about their birth experience. Let’s stop being informed by our Doctors about what is to take place during childbirth and start asking questions, educating ourselves and sharing our knowledge with each other. Let’s uncover the truth about Pitocin, a drug quoted by Dr. Roberto Caldreyo-Barcia, a former president of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a renowned researcher into the effects of obstetrical interventions to be “the most abused drug in the world today.”

One of the most compelling pieces of evidence I found exposing the way Pit really affects the laboring process was this: The natural rhythm of labor is supported by the release of oxytocin in bursts as needed, whereas pitocin is administered as a constant IV drip that confines most women to bed. This decreases their ability to control the escalating pain caused by drug-induced uterine activity, and laboring women are more likely to require pain medication that slows labor. Think of the dichotomy: pitocin is administered to speed up labor, but the increased level of pain requires medication that slows it down. In addition, pitocin often has no effect on cervical dilation even though the contractions are much stronger.

And here are just a few risks associated for women and children exposed to Pitocin: Pitocin might cause a tumultuous, difficult labor and tetanic contractions, rupture of the uterus and dehiscence of a uterine scar, lacerations of the cervix, retained placenta or postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum perineal and pelvic floor pain is increased as a result of augmented uterine contractions. Fetal complications might include fetal asphyxia and neonatal hypoxia, physical injury and neonatal jaundice. The use of pitocin also might be a factor in cerebral palsy from deprived oxygen and autism.

The more women I talk to the more I find that Pitocin is administered without notice, consent, or real medical necessity. I encourage you to send this information along to every woman of childbearing age that you know. Every woman deserves to know the truth about Pitocin.

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