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A study … is raising questions about a drug commonly used in childbirth.
Pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytocin, which a mother’s body produces to start labor and cause contractions.
A study … found a strong link between high amounts of the drug during labor and severe postpartum hemorrhage for the mother, which can be a terrifying and dangerous complication.
… “… women who had prolonged infusions of pitocin [were] actually at increased risk of bleeding after delivery,” …
… when women receive a lot of pitocin during labor, they can become desensitized, causing it to fail to work when it counts most, immediately after a baby is born.
The drug is supposed to help clamp down the uterus and stop the bleeding.
“We do feel it is a strong finding,” …
Severe hemorrhage happens to just 1 percent of mothers, but it is the No. 1 cause of maternal death in childbirth worldwide.
Pitocin is given to 60 to 70 percent of laboring mothers …
“Anytime they can use less oxytocin, it’s beneficial,” …
… while pitocin is necessary at times, there are ways mothers-to-be can reduce their chances of needing the drug during labor.
# Avoid elective inductions when there is no medical reason
# Labor at home until the labor pattern is well-established
# Move around and stay upright during labor
# Hold off on epidural until dilated to at least 4 centimeters
# Consider a certified nurse midwife instead of an obstetrician if the pregnancy has no complications.
Midwives … reported using pitocin in only 5 to 8 percent of births, instead of the 40 to 70 percent rates cited by other doctors and nurses in 6News’ research.
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