Induction & Pitocin

What Happens During Induced Labor?

A doctor can choose to induce labor for several reasons, including when a mother is beyond her due date, when a mother's water has broken but she is not experiencing contractions, or if she has hypertension or another reason to deliver the baby early. While induced labors have become very common, these kinds of deliveries can lead to many complications and birth injuries.

Pitocin—a synthetic version of oxytocin, the body’s natural hormone that produces contractions during labor—is administered in order to cause regular contractions to facilitate delivery. This hormone is administered as an infusion in gradual doses until the mother is experiencing regular interactions.

The contractions experienced during induced labor can be more forceful than those experienced during natural deliveries. Excessive doses of Pitocin can cause fetal distress, which is why medical staff should take the necessary precautions to ensure this drug is administered appropriately.

Induction can increase the risk that a caesarean section will be needed for fetal distress.

How Pitocin Leads to Birth Injuries

When too much Pitocin—or other drugs such as Cytotech, Cervidil, Oxytocin, or a prostiglandin—is administered, it can cause labor contractions to occur too closely together—sometimes less than two minutes apart (sometimes referred to as hyperstimulation or tachysystole). The danger is that it can reduce the placenta’s ability to replenish the baby's oxygen supply leading to brain damage. It is the responsibility of the medical staff to ensure that Pitocin is administered correctly during labor or delivery.

Pitocin is often administered in the following kinds of situations:

  • To induce labor
  • To control bleeding after childbirth
  • To strengthen a mother's contractions

We at Beam & Raymond have handled many birth injury cases related to Pitocin. During our more than 30 years of experience, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for families whose children suffered birth injuries as a result of negligence, including the negligent administration of drugs such as Pitocin.

Chicago Birth Injury Attorneys Representing Clients Nationwide

At Beam & Raymond, our birth injury attorneys, located in Chicago, have represented clients from coast to coast who are caring for children with birth injuries. Upon investigation, we often find that these birth injuries were caused during an induced labor. If you suspect that your child's birth injury was caused by your induction, you need to consult with our firm immediately.

Our reputable Chicago birth injury lawyers understand how stressful it can be to care for your child's birth injury. Please remember that your child's birth injury is not your fault. We are here to help you take the necessary steps to seek justice on behalf of your child. Your child's future and well-being are extremely important to us. We proudly extend our services to clients living all over the country.

Looking for Skilled Representation? Turn to Beam & Raymond.

If you suspect that your child's birth injury is related to the Pitocin that was administered during labor, you need to consult with our caring and experienced legal team without delay. We can conduct a thorough investigation of your case with the help of medical analysts and experts. Our team of birth injury lawyers will help you determine if improper Pitocin administration caused your child's birth injury.

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