Pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin, is administered in some birth scenarios in order to induce or quicken labor. While the drug may be beneficial in certain delivery situations, it can be a dangerous drug for both the mother and the child if administered incorrectly. Too much Pitocin may lead to the following birth-related injuries: uterine rupture, post-birth hemorrhage, neonatal hypoxia, fetal asphyxia, cerebral palsy, brain injury, paralysis, and still birth.
In cases where Pitocin is administered, healthcare professionals must use electronic fetal monitoring since the drug may cause fetal distress. Because the drug quickens vaginal contractions, it also lessens the blood flow and oxygen to the fetus.
The use of Pitocin requires expert monitoring of the mother and fetus as well as careful administration of the drug. Pitocin errors may lead to irreversible injuries to both mother and child.
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