If I understood her correctly my Dr (who I like!) seems to routinely give pitocin after birth to stop bleeding, tighten uterus or whatever. I am not sure how I feel about this.
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2/2/09 at 3:32am
I agree there are legitimate uses for it, but routine use is not the way to go.
I don't have sources for this, it's just what a very educated friend told me. I can ask her where she got this info from:
"Pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) can't cross the blood-brain barrier the way natural oxytocin can. However, if pitocin is in the bloodstream, it down-regulates the body's own production of natural oxytocin via a negative feedback loop. If a woman receives pitocin during or after labor, it can potentially inhibit bonding with her child and increase her chances of PPD, along with missing out on the birth high and all the other nice things natural oxytocin *in the brain* does."