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
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
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.
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.
Call us at (866) 766-3806 for a free consultation.