One of the blogs I keep up with is a new L&D nurse. She worked over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and blogged about it. One of the stories she told was that of a first-time mom who came into the hospital in labor on the holiday, when her doctor was off and didn’t want to disrupt his holiday to come in to catch the baby, so he didn’t want to do anything to speed her labor up, so didn’t order Pitocin. The nurse sounded like this woman was one of the few women if not the only woman she had ever attended who did not have Pitocin to induce or augment labor.
But this mom — a first-time mom, you will remember! — actually managed to dilate without any Pitocin! At all! Can you believe it? (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.) Wow — her body actually was able to contract the uterus and open the cervix without any help from artificial substances. Incredible.
When the nurse got off of her shift, the mom was almost fully dilated — stll without a drop of Pitocin, because it was still before office hours and the doc hadn’t showed up yet.
Judging by the tone of the post, most if not all of the women this nurse attends in labor get Pitocin — or at least the first-time moms who tend to have slower labors. Probably these women think that it is necessary. Somehow, I doubt that it is “necessary” for any reason other than speeding up a normal labor so that it is more convenient for the doctor.
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