Usually. Oxitocin is often needed to supplement the natural oxitocin your body makes when you need to make more progress in labor.Once your water breaks, the longer labor takes the more chance germs have to ascend & infect baby & mom. Administration requires close monitoring & can be stopped if signs of fetal distress are noted. Un-monitored use can lead to tragic outcomes.
No. Unfortunately, there are many "stories" about oxytocin told by friends or magnified on the internet. The truth is....Oxytocin is not only safe, but it has saved millions of lives by being able to deliver babies that wouldn't have been delivered prior to it's discovery.