Grace, I so appreciate the concern, I do :) and yes, you're right Cytotec can be EXTREMELY dangerous if used while baby is still inside mama. It can cause uterine rupture and cause death to the baby and a bleed-out for mama (via UR). I have done extensive research on it, and I would never use it while baby is inside -- only AFTER birthing the baby and in an emergency situation of PPH (which I don't believe will be the case) if natural and herbal remedies didn't work (which I plan on having available). The dangers of Cytotec are when it has been used to induce labor (in the same manner as Pit) and again, I would never do that and am well aware of the dangers of it while baby is still inside mama. Again, I appreciate your concern but the freak out was unnecessary imo and kind of communicated that I was going to do something deadly or dangerous (I'm not).
Studies by WHO and other agencies show it is extremely effective in stopping PPH -- I would be comfortable using it, again, only AFTER baby is out and only in a situation of acute pph until emergency medical care can be accessed. I don't anticipate pph at all, but would feel comfortable having something along with natural measures, should it be necessary. Many a home birth midwife carries it in places/states where they are unable to carry Pit. From Ronnie Falcao midwives' archives: http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/thirdstg.html (scroll down or do ctrl + F and search 'cytotec') lots of studies and personal stories from midwives)
Postpartum use of Cytotec/misoprostol is very different from prenatal or intrapartum use, i.e. before the baby is born. During labor, before the baby is born, Cytotec can cause contractions that are too strong for the baby . . . they can squeeze the placenta so tight for so long that there's not enough oxygen getting through to the baby; this can cause severe fetal distress. Or, if the baby is not fitting into the pelvis (obstructed labor), the very strong contractions caused by Cytotec can actually cause a tear in the birthing woman's uterine muscle, which is called a uterine rupture.
After the baby is born, contractions caused by Cytotec given to the mother no longer affect the baby. After the baby is born, the risk of uterine rupture also goes away because once the baby is outside the mother's body, there is no possibility of an obstructed labor.
(It's the same drug as misoprostol).
Anyway, I just didn't think I'd have to defend a well-researched decision (that I would use only in an acute emergency situation) on this thread of all places, but I am trying to view your post as it was intended -- no hard feelings.