They gave it to me after both births, combined with the uterine massage, and both the resident with my dd and the CNM with my ds said I "borderline hemorrhaged" which I guess is to say "officially" but I didn't have any ill effects of it. They say I bleed a lot due to relatively fast labors and being a redhead. Far out. I don't know that I had any negative effects from the drug, but I do plan to talk with my mw about starting with herbs first if the bleeding doesn't stop with the usual routine. (Need to make a note of this now before I forget, actually!) I'm curious to see how my delivering my placenta in my own time instead of with someone down there managing it will affect my being a "bleeder". I would consider a bit of placenta, but I can't blame you for not being into the idea either, SallyNichole! They did give me the option of massaging my own uterus but were insistent that I was fairly, Idk.. intense with the "massage". I didn't nurse dd soon enough, but was nursing ds right away, and that didn't change anything. It was also hard to tell if the bleeding would've stopped on it's own at that time without pitocin as well, and they were just getting anxious about it?
I like the PP's idea of having it as "only if medically necessary". The massage can be very unpleasant, but I would still go with that over a pointless drug if I could. I think like a lot of things, bleeding can be very individual, and hospitals and docs just have to apply a particular standard to it for a guideline, and then their own experience plays a part too. Not that that's a bad thing at all, just that we all bleed differently of course, depending on so many things.