When Inducing Labor Leads to Birth Injuries
Pitocin is a drug used to induce labor and delivery and is used primarily in cases of stalled labor resulting in fetal distress. As such, pitocin is a valuable tool for speeding up labor and preventing harm to babies and mothers undergoing a difficult labor.
Unfortunately, pitocin therapy and other labor-inducing techniques can be misapplied. The negligent administration of pitocin to a mother having adequate contractions — or the failure to stop the administration of pitocin if there is evidence of increased fetal distress — can result in serious, lifelong birth injury.
Pitocin can also cause uterine hyperstimulation and even uterine rupture, particularly in mothers undergoing VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean section). The administration of pitocin to mothers at high risk of complication is a common error in inducing labor.
What Causes Errors In Inducing Labor?
Ultimately, most errors in inducing labor come down to failure to appropriately monitor or respond to changes in fetal condition. Childbirth is always a high-risk situation. Doctors and nurses should be on high alert to every subtle symptom of a developing complication. When these symptoms are ignored, no matter how subtle they may be, and an error in inducing labor causes injury or loss of life, medical malpractice may have occurred.
While not every negative outcome in an induced labor is the result of medical error, it is safe to say that if your child suffered a serious birth injury following complications arising out of the use of pitocin to induce labor, your best interests may be served by consulting an experienced medical malpractice and birth injury lawyer.
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