I'm hoping that someone can help me with some factual information....I had all sorts of drama following my DD's birth (fast 1st labor. MW-assisted drug-free water birth in a hospital followed by an immediate hemorrage with approx 1000 ml blood loss. Given pitocin, methegrine (sp?) attempted manual extraction, second hemorrhage 2 days later. Apparently had retained a bit of placenta which had adhered to cervix-doble-lobed placenta had masked it). In total I had 3 blood transfusions (6 units) over 3 days, and crit dropped to 12.7.
So, here's the question....I'm planning on another drug-free waterbirth in a (different) hospital and am working with (different) midwives. Both midwives in the practice suggested that I have a shot of Pit. immediately following the birth to prevent PP hemorrhage. Specifically, one of the MWs said that Pit immed. after birth can decrease the risk of a delayed hemorrhage (several days post-partum). I'm wondering about this because I WAS given Pit. right after DD's birth (and again after the 2nd hemorrhage) and it did nothing to stave off the 2nd hemorrhage. I hemorrhaged because there was placenta inside of me. As far as I was told, after the birth (before the 2nd hem) my uterus was firm and bleeding had slowed. Everyone kept saying that my uterus was clamping down nicely, so it seems that my body was doing it's job, it was just being stopped by the placenta on the cervix. I'm reluctant to just have Pit right after delivery because it HURT like (a bunch) when I had pit before (VERY strong ctx) and I don't know the short/long-term impact on the baby or me (I recall hearing some recent links between pit at birth and later Autism, but I haven't looked into that). I tried to do a medline search to find research linking pit. to decreased pp hem. but found almost nothing.
Does anybody have literature (pro or con) relative to this that I can be referred to? Is there anything else I can/should do to decrease the likelihood on ppd hem (either prenatally or post natal)? Would you go with the Pit. if it was you just to be on the "safe side"?
Thanks for your advice!
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