How Did Your New York Hospital Monitor You While You Were on Pitocin?


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9/1/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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Pitocin is a drug that has helped many mothers deliver healthy babies. However, it is not risk free for mothers or babies. In order to manage the risks associated with Pitocin, mothers and babies should be carefully monitored while on Pitocin.

Generally, Pitocin is administered to a pregnant woman via IV. Typically, doctors start with a relatively small amount of the drug and carefully watch how the mother and baby react to the drug before increasing the dose. The doctors are trying to prevent hyperstimulation of the uterus, which can cause the uterine muscles to stay contracted and potentially decrease the oxygen that the baby is receiving via the placenta.

Fetal oxygen deprivation can, in turn, result in significant birth injuries or death for the baby. To prevent this, most doctors exercise reasonable care and make sure that the mother is hooked up to monitors that regularly check uterine contractions and the baby's heartbeat. When these monitors are appropriately used, and read, they can alert medical professionals to a potential problem quickly and provide them with time to try and prevent a tragic outcome.

When the monitors are not appropriately used, or read, the outcome can be very different. If you have a child who suffered a Pitocin birth injury, then your child may have legal rights to recovery. It is important to contact an experienced New York birth injury lawyer as soon as possible for more information about your rights. The experienced New York birth injury attorneys of The Pagan Law Firm can be reached at 1-800-PAGAN-911 and are ready to help your family to the extent the law allows.

Read More About Pitocin Birth Injuries in our Free Library Article: New York Birth Injury Lawyer Warns of Potential Pitocin Overdose Problems 

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