Labor Inducing Drugs Can Cause Birth Injury

October 7th, 2014 Labor Drug Pitocin
Fellows Hymowitz Rice Personal Injury Law Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Bringing a new baby into the world is one of the most joyous times for mothers and fathers. But sometimes during the birth process, mothers are prescribed labor-inducing drugs to help the birthing process along. Sometimes, these labor drugs can cause serious medical problems.

Pitocin is a labor-inducing drug that has been used for many years. Usually, Pitocin does not have negative side effects, but sometimes it does and it can cause serious birth injury.

The dedicated and caring attorneys at Fellows Hymowitz Rice are educated in the controversial use of Pitocin. They have the experience to represent mothers and children who suffer birth injury directly caused by the use of Pitocin during the delivery process.

Pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a naturally produced hormone a women’s body releases to cause contractions during the birthing process. Pitocin is used to induce or speed up labor. At times, it is necessary to use Pitocin in order to protect the health of the baby and mother, however the use of Pitocin can be risky.

The drug Pitocin does not work the same way that a naturally produced oxytocin hormone does. Oxytocin is released into the body in pulses throughout labor, but this is not the case with Pitocin. Pitocin is administered via IV drip, which means it is being released into the mother’s body in a steady stream.

The contractions induced by Pitocin will be longer and more forceful than a woman’s natural contractions. This can cause extreme stress to the baby being delivered, possibly depleting the baby’s oxygen levels, which can cause severe birth injury.

According to one study, babies born after the use of Pitocin are at three times greater risk for oxygen deprivation. Another study states Pitocin is five times more likely to cause brain damage than in babies who are delivered without the assistance of drugs.

Mothers who have had labor induced with Pitocin run a much higher risk of postpartum hemorrhaging. Also, Pitocin causes severe hormone disruption, often leading to a diminished rate of breastfeeding.

The birth injury lawyers at Fellow Hymowitz are experienced in helping mothers and families when dealing with birth injuries.

Preventable medical birth errors can result in lifelong impairment. Whether an accident was caused by a doctor or another health care provider, someone must be held accountable. These catastrophic injuries cause permanent disabilities, leaving families devastated and burdened with a lifetime of medical care, expenses and much more.

Fellows Hymowitz Rice represents those harmed by preventable medical mistakes. We will advocate for you and your family and fight to seek the justice that you deserve. We will work hard to find out what happened and make sure the right people or organization is held accountable.

Fellows Hymowitz Rice, Rockland County, NY birth injury law firm can answer all of your questions and a skilled, dedicated attorney can review the details of your case free of charge.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a birth injury caused by the use of Pitocin or as a result of a medical mistake, contact the experienced, caring attorneys at Fellow Hymowitz, PC.

We’ll speak with you for free and help you find answers. And there is never a fee unless we recover for you. 845-639-9300.

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