Pitocin Injury Lawyer
In some childbirth deliveries, the drug Pitocin is used to stimulate or increase uterine contractions. The drug is a man-made version of the hormone oxytocin, which causes the uterus to contract. While it may sound safe, when used incorrectly or when the fetus is already in distress, it can cause severe injury to the fetus. Many OB/GYNs and delivery nurses have overused this drug, causing injury to the unborn child.
The problem that can occur with using Pitocin is the impact on the fetus’ oxygen retrieval. When the uterine contractions become too frequent or severe, it can interfere with the oxygen transfer between the placenta and uterus. The umbilical cord can become depressed, cutting off the supply of oxygen. As the fetus is deprived of oxygen, there is often signs of fetal distress, and the fetal monitor show ups and downs of deceleration of the heartbeat. When these signs are ignored, and Pitocin is continued to speed delivery, the fetus can be permanently injured.
Injuries from Pitocin Use
Most hospitals and delivery rooms have protocols for using Pitocin safely. One of the main factors should be carefully monitoring the fetus for signs of distress along with the contractions. When there are signs of fetal distress like decelerated heartbeat, Pitocin should be discontinued, but that does not always occur. When it is used when the fetus is experiencing lack of oxygen, brain damage can occur. There can be organ damage and neurological issues that can affect the health and wellbeing of the infant, requiring excessive medical care.
If your child was born with oxygen deprivation injuries and Pitocin was used in delivery, you need a legal team to explore if improper use caused the injuries. Contact our team at Moriarty Injury Lawyer to discuss your case. You may be able to receive financial compensation to help with medical care for your child.