Having a child can be one of the major joys in your life. When you go to
the hospital to give birth, you’re ready for your labor to go as
smoothly as possible, so you can see the child who has been growing for
such a long time. Sometimes, you’ll find that you’re having
trouble going into labor, and going past your due date can be frustrating
When you’re overdue, you may be given a drug called Pitocin. This
medication induces labor and delivery, helping you give birth. Normally,
it’s used when labor is stalled and a baby is in distress. Unfortunately,
it can be given in the wrong situations or even not given when needed,
resulting in injuries to you and your child.
This drug can cause hyperstimulation of the uterus and uterine rupture.
It normally shouldn’t be given to mothers who have already had a
C-section and are now going through a vaginal birth. This mistake can
lead to a major risk for complications that could, in some cases, be deadly.
Doctors need to closely monitor patients on this drug and those struggling
with labor. No, not every problem you’ll go through during labor
is a result of negligence, but knowing the errors that are can be a way
to help protect yourself and your rights as a patient. If your child passes
away or you are severely injured due to misused medications, then you
may have suffered medical malpractice.
Our website has more information about inducing labor and what your medical team should
be doing for you. Negligence is dangerous, and you deserve to be protected.
If you’ve suffered a loss due to their neglect, then you may be
able to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.