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A baby suffers severe oxygen deprivation and brain damage when multiple standards of care are violated, including improper use of Pitocin, failure to properly react to non-reassuring heart tones, failure to quickly deliver a baby in distress, and failure to elicit the assistance of an experienced (attending) physician when fetal distress is persistent.
A new study of the labor induction drug Pitocin (oxytocin) finds adverse effects in newborns.
During labor, the body secretes a natural hormone called oxytocin. It causes uterine contractions necessary for delivery. Sometimes, however, labor does not begin naturally or does not progress adequately and a synthetic form of oxytocin (also called Pitocin) may be administered. Despite it’s frequent use, there are some safety concerns.