Induction with Pitocin

    By: Lamaze International on Apr 24, 2012

    Induction with Pitocin

    Induction or Augmentation with Pitocin

    From The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence.

    What to Know:

    • Pitocin increases stress on your baby and your uterus and makes contractions more difficult to manage.
    • Pitocin use necessitates an IV and continuous EFM, restricts your mobility, and raises your risk of epidural and cesarean.
    • The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that Pitocin induction and augmentation are often used inappropriately.
    • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) notes the risks of Pitocin use and recommends cautious decision making.

    You’ll need induction if:

    • Your labor is slow as determined by your care provider and doesn’t respond to movement, position change, and hydration.
    • You don’t go into labor spontaneously by forty-two weeks gestation.
    • You have a uterine infection.
    • You have severe pregnancy-induced hypertension.

    How to Avoid Unnecessary Use:

    • Be patient waiting for labor to begin and to progress.
    • Remember that your body knows how to give birth.
    • Surround yourself with helpers who trust birth.
    • Stay confident.
    • Use all the comfort measures you’ve learned.
    • Don’t agree to be induced because your caregiver says your baby is getting too big.
    • If your water breaks before contractions start, or if you go past your due date, discuss with your caregiver natural ways to stimulate contractions, such as drinking a bit of castor oil in juice, stimulating your nipples, and being active.
    • Ask, “What if I wait?” if your caregiver is insistent about inducing labor.

    How to Keep Labor as Normal as Possible if You are Induced:

    • Make sure your helpers give you continuous emotional and physical support.
    • Actively seek comfort in response to the pain of contractions.
    • Remember that your body knows how to give birth.
    • Visualize your baby rotating and descending through your birth canal.
    • Keep moving and changing positions as much as possible.

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    Released: April 24, 2012, 6:48 pm | Updated: June 11, 2013, 9:33 am
    Keywords: Birth Day | Induction | Pitocin

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