Understanding the Risks Associated with Pitocin in Inducing Labor

by Chris Kuhlman on February 10, 2016

 

The birth of a child is often the most joyful time of a parent’s life and thankfully most child deliveries happen without incident.  In order to ensure a smooth delivery, doctors and medical staff must devote their utmost care and attention to make informed decisions and recommendations. This includes informing the mother about the risks and benefits associated with the drug Pitocin.  When mistakes are made, they can have a profound impact on the mother and child. This is certainly true when it comes to Pitocin.

Pitocin is a drug used for two primary reasons: (1) to induce labor and (2) to augment or speed up labor.  Its most common use is for inducing a mother that is past the due date.  However, it can also be used to begin an early-term delivery.  When determining whether to use Pitocin the primary concern is always the health and wellbeing of the mother and child.

The most common medical mistakes associated with Pitocin pertain to the process of administering the drug.  Specifically, medical negligence happens when doctors administer too much Pitocin or administer Pitocin for longer than medically necessary.  Such negligence may lead to fetal heart abnormalities, brain damage, cerebral palsy, jaundice, oxygen deprivation, cardiovascular abnormalities, premature separation of the placenta, and central nervous system damage.  Further, Pitocin errors may lead to painful contractions, uterine ruptures, and cervical lacerations for the mother.  In rare cases, it may even be fatal for the mother and/or child.

If you or a loved one is expecting and have questions pertaining to Pitocin, or the use of any drug used during labor, do not hesitate to ask your doctor.  They are there for you.  If Pitocin was used in your delivery, however, and your child had a serious birth injury or you, the mother suffered an injury in the delivery and believe that your doctor has been negligent during your delivery, contact Minnesota Medical Malpractice Attorney Christopher Kuhlman at Kuhlman Law to set up a free consultation regarding your matter and to learn more about your options at (612) 349-2747.  

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