I was doing some reading on unassisted childbirth, and I read that Pitocin helps in only 5% of the cases in which it is used. Now if I could only remember where I read it...
I had Pitocin. I had a traumatic birth. Some of the trauma can be attributed to the fact that I was very depressed during my pregnancy(baby's father left me when I told him I was pregnant) and didn't do the "right" research, but the rest is due to the hospital and the practitioners there.
I went to the hospital at 11pm and delivered the next day at 3:36pm. I thought my water had broken, but it hadn't. They admitted me anyway because I was having contractions I couldn't feel. I laid on my left side for 15-16 hours because they told me I *had* to do that. I was only allowed up to go to the bathroom. Around 4-5am, the contractions were so bad--every hour or so-- that the nurse talked me into a shot to help me sleep and relieve the pain. Not even 10 seconds after she injected this(I didn't even ask what they were giving me, because, after all, this is a maternity ward of a hospital, so they should know what they're doing
), I was able to fall asleep. I woke for every contraction and then fell back to sleep. It wasn't until the morning came, and a new shift of nurses, that I got the Pitocin. A lot of what happened next is blurry. I know I got another shot(of the mystery drug), but I am not sure when. I know that it made me drowsy as heck. I chose to be alone during DD's birth, so there's no one to tell me what happened.
I was out of state(not expected to deliver for a few more days), so I had one doctor examine me, but when I went into hard labor, he was doing an emergency c-section, so there was another doctor coming in to deliver DD. He came in, told me to push, and then screamed at the nurses as he threw off his gown, gloves, and mask, "She's nowhere NEAR being ready, why did you bother me?"
I was in so much pain, even with the shot they gave me, and it was all in my back. I had no pain anywhere else. The doctor came back, he broke my water, and sometime after that, after I was told I was endangering my child's life by not pushing when I was told, after an episiotomy, after I tore to the 4th degree, I did push out my daughter. Then he wouldn't let me hold her till he sewed me up--for an hour!
They kept me hooked up to the Pitocin for a long time *after* the birth, too. I was so out of it, I didn't even ask why.
So, after this novel, I had Pitocin for over 8 hours, horrible back contractions, and no problems with breastfeeding at all.