Pitocin is a popular drug that is used to start the childbirth process artificially. Pitocin is a synthetic version of oxytocin, which is a hormone that is released during labor to start contractions. Pitocin is used in situations where labor must be induced or where increased contractions are needed.
There are some serious risks to using Pitocin, so it should only be used where absolutely necessary. Pitocin is under scrutiny as to whether it is dangerous to the mother and child, even when correctly used. When incorrectly used, Pitocin can be very dangerous to the child, which can result in serious medical complications and even death.
Inducing labor with Pitocin has become increasingly controversial. Recent studies have shown a correlation between infants who were delivered with Pitocin and infants who were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit with low Apgar scores. More studies are currently underway on the safety of the drug. Although more research must be done, if the mother is not carefully monitored during delivery, Pitocin can cause cardiac arrhythmia, uterine rupture, hemorrhage, and even death. Pitocin can also cause the infant's heartbeat to slow, and can cause brain damage, cerebral palsy, and heart problems.
The use of Pitocin must be carefully monitored by doctors during delivery. If it is not properly administered or the patient is not monitored, harm to the mother and child can result. If you have been harmed by the use of Pitocin, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. You can learn more about our firm on our YouTube channel.