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Can pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause autism in children?

Can pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause autism in children?

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 more

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Dr. Kenneth Stoller
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Oxytocin (Definition)

Brings on or strengthens labor contractions during childbirth. Also used to ...Read more


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Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

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

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Will exogenous oxytocin cause uterine contractions in nonpregnant women?

Will exogenous oxytocin cause uterine contractions in nonpregnant women?

Same token: Endogenous oxytocin release during orgasm can cause uterine contractions; by the same token, exogenous oxytocin can cause uterine contractions outside pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can oxytocin induce miscarriage in the 1st trimester?

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

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How many women die during childbirth in 2011?

How many women die during childbirth in 2011?

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

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Is oxytocin the hormone that creates emotional bonds from women to men from sex?

Is oxytocin the hormone that creates emotional bonds from women to men from sex?

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

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How many nerves in a woman's body are involved/stimulated during labor and delivery?

How many nerves in a woman's body are involved/stimulated during labor and delivery?

TMTC: Too many to count! obviously nerves serving uterus, vagina, pelvic organs, hips, sacrum, buttocks, legs, lower abdomen, diaphragm, ribs, back muscles are affected and probably even more! giving birth is a total body work-out! ...Read more

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How many women die in childbirth?

How many women die in childbirth?

16-17 per 100,000: Published in the lancet journal in 2010, the rate of maternal death in the us was 16.7 per 100, 000 live births. Ranked 39th in the world, the higher mortality is probably linked to older age and obesity. ...Read more

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How many women have side effects from oxytocin in labor?

How many women have side effects from oxytocin in labor?

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 more

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What do women die of during childbirth in developed nations?

What do women die of during childbirth in developed nations?

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

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What do women die from during childbirth, in the u.S.?

What do women die from during childbirth, in the u.S.?

See link:: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12825542 placental abruption, embolism, heart failure, and eclampsia are at the top of the list. ...Read more

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Is pitocin (oxytocin) always necessary after section? Doesn't nursing cause uterus to contract?

Usually and yes: Pitocin (oxytocin) is almost always used after a cesarean delivery to insure that the uterus stays contracted and minimize blood loss. Nursing causes the body to produce it's own Pitocin (oxytocin) which will also cause the uterus to contract and decrease bleeding. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of mixed delivery (one twin delivered vaginally, one twin delivered via c-section)?

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 more

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Is autism resulting from complications during delivery?

Is autism resulting from complications during delivery?

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 more

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Pros/cons of c-section vs. assisted vaginal delivery? Baby persistently locked in posterior position, estimated 8lbs+.

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

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Why did so many young women die in the past in childbirth?

Death in childbirth: They die due to worsening of medical problems or due to pregnancy associated issues both now as well as in the past. ...Read more

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Can stress hormones from pain in a breastfeeding mother cause digestive problems in the nursing infant?

Can stress hormones from pain in a breastfeeding mother cause digestive problems in the nursing infant?

Yes: Stress hormones can pass from mother to infant via breast milk. Other causes of digestive problems in infant can be due to mother drinking caffeinated beverages, eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, dairy products. ...Read more

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Which members of labor and delivery staff will be around during pregnancy?

Labor nurse: Usually your labor nurse and possibly a nursing student or a resident (only in training facilities). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Pitocin (Definition)

Pitocin is a labor inducer which is a kind of women's ...Read more