True to form, the medical community has routinely over-used an intervention on women and babies EXPERIMENTALLY before knowing the risks or benefits of wide-scale use. Mass experimentation on women and children has been an ongoing issue with modern western medicine and CLEARLY continues... this time with the drug Pitocin.
double the risk of a surgical delivery (Cesarean Section).
According to Birth Certificate data from the CDC 2010 Report and the recently released Listening to Mother Survey III, somewhere between 23-40% of women receive Pitocin to induce their labor and approximately 31% receive Pitocin during labor to "speed things up"; 50% of mothers reported receiving synthetic Oxytocin to either induce or augment their labors! Half of women are being given a synthetic form of Oxytocin without research indicating it is safe for infants... and now a study that actually indicates the opposite.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a report on May 7, 2013 about a study that found Adverse Effects of Pitocin in Newborns. Researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City conducted a retrospective analysis of 3,000 deliveries of full-term infants, from 2009 to 2011, that were either induced or augmented with Pitocin. To assess infant outcomes, the researchers used the Adverse Outcome Index which is a tool used to measure unexpected perinatal and obstetric outcomes.
The researchers found that the use of Pitocin, for EITHER induction or augmentation, was an independent risk factor for unexpected NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) admission lasting more than 24 hours. This means that Pitocin alone contributed to babies needing NICU admission. Full-term infants should RARELY be transferred to the NICU - where
the baby is separated form the parents, breastfeeding can be negatively
impacted and routine procedures done to an infant in the
NICU can be traumatic and increase the risk of infection...
They also found that augmentation with Pitocin was associated with lower
5-minute APGAR Scores (of less than 7), which demonstrates that this
baby is not thriving. Healthy full-term babies should have an 8 or above on their 5-minute APGAR.
This ACOG news release acknowledges that there are now
CLEAR risks of Pitocin use for BOTH the mother and the infant. The
results of this study suggest that medical practitioners need to use VALID MEDICAL INDICATIONS when using Pitocin! ...Such as NOT inducing a healthy pregnancy before 39 weeks.
Want to know more? Here is an excellent resource about the Evidence for Pitocin use, from Evidence-Based Birth!
~Wisdom and Birth