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#1 of 2 Old 04-05-2009, 12:10 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm having my 4th baby in May and I have had pph with all three of my babies. I talked with my midwife the other day and she is of the opinion that I should just get a shot of pitocin as the shoulders are delivered to help prevent any pph (since I already have a history of it). I know there is evidence based research that shows that active management can prevent something like 50% of pph. So, I know the benefits of it, but does anyone know the risks?
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You'll find more expertise if you post on the birth pro forum. But FWIW, I think that pit to induce/augment labor and pit to prevent pph are entirely separate matters. I'm a LOT more leery of the former and think that the latter has its place.

But I'm also leery of the routine use of pit before they know if it's even necessary. I've heard anecdotally that some hospitals give it to every new mama, assembly line style, and I'm against that. Would she be willing to wait until after the the baby comes out to see if you need it? Or did you bleed too quickly and profusely with your other births?

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