Originally Posted by bobandjess99
More importantly, I think it is telling about your doctors overall philosophy on birth..he clearly seems to think birth on it's own isn't "good enough" and that all births need "help" . this would concern me MUCH more than the possibility of simply getting an unecesary shot of pitocin.
I couldn't agree more. That is a HUGE RED FLAG, IMO!
I would not trust a doc who thought pitocin was always
needed after birth in every case.
For me, my MW was concerned that I had some membrane retained. She massaged my uterus & more came out, but she was still concerned about some remaining.
She actually made a point to wait & see if DS would BF - of course knowing that that naturally releases more oxytocin to help the uterus clamp down (and... therefore... I might not need the synthetic oxytocin (pitocin.) But he wouldn't latch on, just wasn't interested.
I'm on video saying, "C'mon, help me out!" But he wouldn't open his mouth. I already had a hep-lock (nothign in it though, just the tube), so she gave me a choice of pit "IM" ("Intra-muscular", a shot) or IV. I chose the shot so I wouldn't have to deal with the IV tube in the way. It was no problem at all.
Originally Posted by chandasz
I am wary of anything administered "routinely". Routinely usually means unecessarily.
For me-- I liken it to having teeth pulled because they MAY get a cavity.
Again, I agree, well said.
I use that exact
same analogy oftne about the routine administration of birth interventions (like "nothing by mouth").