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Oxytocin And Childbirth
Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your own body makes to help you squeeze out a baby. It helps increase the effectiveness of the contractions. Drs can add a supplement to assist labor & at proper doses it speeds the process.Babies can grow well during pregnancy with a cord/placenta that in not healthy enough to endure the stress of labor(leading to a distress pattern) nurses can stop added pit but not what u make. ...Read more
Not proven: There is one study that proposes, at the molecular level that an excess of oxytocin during birth could cross the infants blood brain barrier in sheep and mice. This was published almost 10 years ago, and as far as i know there has been nothing further. On the other hand there are some studies that are proposing the use of oxytocin to aid in repetitive behaviors seen in the autistic spectrum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the drug pitocin (oxytocin) - used to induce and augment labor cause an overreaction requiring c section?
Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your body makes.It helps increase the effectiveness of contractions.Drs can add a pit to assist labor & at proper doses it speeds the process.Babies can grow well during pregnancy with a cord/placenta that in not healthy enough to endure the stress of labor(leading to a distress pattern) nurses can stop added pit but not what u make.Distressed babies need to be delivered asap. ...Read more
Acog released study re some adverse outcomes of use of pitocin (oxytocin) in labour augmentation. How worrisome is this for those of us who had pitocin (oxytocin) used?
Pitocin (oxytocin) has been : Used for years and continues to be used if it is used properly it is very safe I use it on almost all of my inductions and to augment labor without inducing and augmenting my patients many could have ended up with problems, some doctors abuse and do not use Pitocin (oxytocin) properly ( not too many) in those cases it can cause problems, Pitocin (oxytocin) has saved many of my pts from c-section have done 5000+delivery. ...Read more
No: Pregnant woman may continue to enjoy intercourse unless specifically instructed to avoid by your doctor. ...Read more
Not exactly: Oxytocin blocks fear, panic, anxiety and other obsessive negative emotions from entering the emotional centers in the brain. It does many other things but it does not create emotional bonds but when you are in a place where it is emotionally safe to form social bonds it naturally follows that those bonds can be created. Learn more by reading oxytocin: the hormone of healing and hope. ...Read more
Requested no pitocin (oxytocin) be used during labor. Rn says they'd give it after birth.Is it common to be given pitocin (oxytocin) after delivery? Why is this necessary?
Extremely rare: Obstetericians are generally very skilled in using oxytocin, and its effects are very closely monitored in labor. In competent hands, it has been an effective and safe med for almost 60 years -- but overly augmenting labor contractions without a ripe cervix can result in failed deliveries, c-sections, and worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most likely...: Although I don't know anyone who has used IV or IM/SQ oxytocin during the 1st trimester who wanted to KEEP their pregnancy, the fact remains that oxytocin causes direct contractility of the uterine muscular wall and would almost certainly cause loss of an early pregnancy. It's main use is to induce uterine contractility to help induce labor (after cervical ripening) and reduce uterine bleeding. ...Read more
No: They are different hormones with completely different effects. ...Read more
How does a woman correctly perform perineal massage to make delivery easier & prevent tearing during childbirth?
See links: They don't give us nearly enough space to discuss that here, but great question! i advise all pregnant women to practice this starting around 34 weeks and wish all doctors did so! see http://www.Ivillage.Com/perineal-massage-your-how-guide/6-n-145602 and http://pregnancy.About.Com/cs/episiotomy/a/perimassage.Htm good luck! ps check out the book ina may's guide to childbirth! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer