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Cytotec

One more post about birthing babies, after all, it has been on my mind lately. My friend who recommended The Business of Being Born also led me to this great online magazine and, more importantly, this article. Has anyone been given this pill (Cytotec) to induce labor? I was told it was an option by my OB, but I was just given a lot of pitocin instead. Turns out this medication cytotec is used by OBGYNs to induce a quick, hard labor, that guarantees a baby within 24 hours. However, the one little detail they leave out when they give it to you? It's not FDA approved for this use!

Here is a small excerpt from the article by Ina May Gaskin:
...the package insert contains an explicit warning that "Cytotec may cause the uterus to rupture during pregnancy if it is used to bring on labor." The insert goes on to say that uterine rupture may lead to "severe bleeding, hospitalization, surgery, infertility, or death."

How is it possible that the vast majority of hospitals and OBs use this when it can lead to severe complications?

Comments

Kylee said…
super interesting article. i've book marked it to reference when I'll need it!

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