Has this happened to any one? I'm looking into whether or not there is enough evidence to file a malpractice lawsuit and anyones response would be appreciated.
My son was a week overdue so I was induced with pitocin. The Dr started me on the drip at 7 am. No labor so she kept increasing the dose. She broke my water at 1 pm and I started contracting approx 1:30 pm. My contractions started slowing down so she increased the pitocin drip to the max (I feel it was turned up way too high way to quick) There was a fetal monitor attached to the babies head while he was in the birth canal. I was on the pitocin drip for 18 solid hours without anyone even mentioning a c section. He was delivered at 1:22 am blue with the cord wrapped around his neck. They cleaned out his nose and mouth and handed him to me quickly. After breathing for about 5 minutes he turned a normal color. (I heard that the blue color is normal) The Dr delivered the placenta in 4 quickly left. Approx 2 hours later we noticed that he was breath rapid short breaths. There was no Dr around at the time (small hospital) so we asked the nurses if he was ok. They all responded the same that he was ok and newborn babies breathe irregularly (they do, but not like this). We knew something was wrong. 10 hours after delivery the Dr come to see us. We stated our concerns and she gave us the same response as the nurses. We urged her to check him to set our minds at ease. She listened to his lungs, picked him up, and rushed him away. Right away a nurse came in our room and told us that the Dr was just going to check him real quick and everythings fine. When the Dr returned 30 minutes later she informed us that xrays showed something in his lungs and he was in an ambulance on his way to another hospital. He stayed at the other hospital for 7 days with an IV in his head giving him constant antibiotics.
Since birth he has been on several steroids, antibiotics, inhalers, breathing treatments, and he has had several hospital/ER visits and stays. We have a few Drs that he has seen that have actually told us and documented that they believe that he was in fetal distress, inhaled meconium and it sat in his lungs for 10 hours damaging them before anything was done. The fact that the placenta came out in several pieces and we were given no explaination as to why AND that it was never documented. He was given no antibiotics until they discovered problems in the xrays. They did not suction him at all. He's 8 now and still struggles. I had similar complications with my 2nd baby. Labor kept stopping. My new Dr took a different approach with the pitocin (nothing else would work, not even breaking my water) He was very cautious after I explained to him earlier about what happened to my oldest. Hes a healthy baby boy. The way the pitocin was administered made all the difference.