Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Pitocin Risks, Benefits
(KUTV) The drug Pitocin is commonly used to induce or speed up labor. In 23-year-old Amber White's case, the drug should hopefully speed up her labor. White was in the early stages of labor when we came to interview her at LDS Hospital. Her water broke 5 hours ago but baby was certainly taking his time. "I didn't even have my bags packed because we are a little early, so we did that and came here."
Doctors decided to use Pitocin to speed up Amber's labor. The drug is commonly used on pregnant women. Dr. Hannele Laine is an Obstetrician at the Avenues Women's Center. She says, like any drug, Pitocin has risks. "The negative thing we think about most commonly is having too many contractions. Obviously if it can cause induce contractions it can cause too many. And it can occasionally cause abnormal fetal heart rate."
The risks are small and doctors and nurses monitor the mom and baby very closely. Amber says she trusts her doctors. "They had told me everything and I asked about side effects. We had more than one nurse sit down with us and talked to us about the Pitocin and what it does to the body and basically it is just a natural hormone."
For more information about LDS Hospital, visit: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/LDS
For more information about the Avenues Women’s Center, visit: http://avenueswomenscenter.com
For more information about the Baby Your Baby program, visit: www.babyyourbaby.org.
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