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At the Louisville medical malpractice Franklin Law Group, we know there are times when inducing labor is appropriate and may be in the best interest of the health of both mother and baby. But, we also know the use of drugs — pitocin, most commonly — is not without risks. Because it increases the duration and intensity of contractions, pitocin can put undue compression on the baby. Moreover, it can reduce the baby’s oxygen level, because there is less time between contractions.
The decision to use a labor-inducing drug is one that should be made through informed consent: Your physician should clearly lay out the reasons why labor induction should be considered and let you know what risks may be involved. Your obstetrician also has a professional and ethical obligation to make sure the induction is performed properly, safely and in adherence to the highest medical standards of care.
When there is a negligence of duty or careless behavior by medical professionals, including nurses and anesthesiologists or by the clinic or hospital, you or your baby may be severely harmed — and the responsible parties must be held accountable.
As your pitocin birth injury lawyers, we provide legal knowledge, resources and commitment to getting justice for you and your baby, helping to ensure you receive compensation for your damages.
Pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytocin, a hormone in your body that naturally stimulates contractions. Pitocin is administered to a woman to help when her baby is overdue, or when there are complications such as preeclampsia, or when the mother’s water has broken, but labor has not started within 24 to 48 hours. It is critical that both mother and baby are carefully monitored throughout an induced labor.
Risks associated with pitocin include:
If mother or baby is injured because of improper administration of pitocin, administration when contraindications exist or failure to monitor, your doctor or attending healthcare staff may be liable for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
A word about cytotec misuse in Louisville
Cytotec, also called misoprostol, has come into use to soften the cervix and induce contractions. In May of 2009, the FDA issued an alert stating that misoprostol (cytotec) is not approved for use either to induce labor or to decrease blood loss after delivery. It further warns about dangerous, and even fatal, potential side effects to both the mother and the baby.
If you were administered cytotec to induce contractions and you or your child suffered harm that might be related, please contact a Franklin Law Group birth injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
With more than 40 years of experience in helping mothers, fathers and babies with birth injury claims, we have the experience you need and the commitment to work hard to recover maximum damages on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 502.637.6000.
Franklin Law Group, PSC
505 West Ormsby Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40203