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Oxytocin In Childbirth
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
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
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
12.7 per 100000: The latest data i could find was from 2007 when 12.7 maternal deaths occurred for every 100, 000 live births. That amounts to about 568 mothers that year. The lowest rate before 2007 was in 1987 when it was 6.6 deaths per 100, 000 live births. In 1950 it was 83.3 deaths per 100, 000 live births. ...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
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
A few things: Blood pressure elevations with seizures strokes. Blood loss that can not be replaced quick enough, blood clots causing embolus to lungs. Amniotic fluid embolus. Fortuately theseare rare . The high level of health care in developed counties can usually diagnose these conditions before they become life threatening. ...Read more
Oxytocin is released when the head of baby compresses on cervix of uterus during labor? So can oxytocin release when a tumor compress on uterus?
What is the incidence of mixed delivery (one twin delivered vaginally, one twin delivered via c-section)?
About 4% but rising: The most common reasons for c section of a second twin are heart rate problems and the baby coming down in a position other than head first. Many doctors used to be willing to deliver a second twin either butt first or by the feet, but few still have much experience in doing this. There is also a risk of injury to the nerves of the arm or learning disability in any baby that is born breech. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Although the causes for autism are still being discovered and likely involve a combination of factors, complications during delivery/birth, while being a risk factor for many other problems, do not seem to be a major contributor or risk for autism specifically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pros/cons of c-section vs. assisted vaginal delivery? Baby persistently locked in posterior position, estimated 8lbs+.
Depends: That is a decision that would need to be made in the moment. Many women can deliver vaginally with no problem from the occiput posterior position. If the baby can not be delivered with pushing then options of forceps, vacuum and c section should be considered. The size of the baby, the shape of the pelvis, the position of head and the experience of the doctor are all important considerations ...Read more