New York Birth Injury Lawyer Warns of Potential Pitocin Overdose Problems

There is one thing that you can anticipate among the many unknowns associated with childbirth. Babies rarely come when expected. While in some cases babies come earlier than expected, some women watch their due date go by with increasing anxiety. And sometimes, when the baby is late, or there is a concern about the baby's health or mother's health prior to the due date, a drug called Pitocin will be administered to induce labor.

Too Much Pitocin Could Mean Trouble

Pitocin is helpful in some births, but too much Pitocin can be dangerous. Pitocin is a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin. Often Pitocin results in contractions that are significantly more intense than the contractions experienced by a mother who goes into labor naturally. When too much Pitocin is administered, the risk of Pitocin birth injuries may increase. Those risks may include:
  • Ruptured uterus
  • Fetal distress
  • Depressed fetal heart rate
  • Increased need for an emergency C-Section, which presents its own risks

In order to prevent these types of Pitocin related-birth injuries, it is important for a mother to be given the right amount of the drug and to be carefully monitored throughout labor and delivery to ensure that a problem has not developed that could result in a birth injury.

When to Call a New York Birth Injury Attorney

If you were administered Pitocin to induce labor, to speed up labor, or for any other reason during labor and delivery and your child suffered a birth injury, then it is important to find out if there was a connection between the use of Pitocin and your child's injury.

An experienced New York birth injury lawyer will help you understand your family's legal rights and potential recovery. Please call an experienced New York City birth injury lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information.

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