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What Can I Do If Pitocin Injures My Baby?

 Posted on September 05,2023 in Birth Injury

Untitled---2023-09-05T103654.459.jpgIn some cases involving childbirth, there may be a medical need to induce labor to ensure the safe delivery of the baby. In cases where labor is not progressing as expected, doctors may resort to using a medication called Pitocin. Unfortunately, the wrong dosage of Pitocin could potentially be harmful to the mother or the baby. If you believe that your child has suffered a birth injury linked to the use of Pitocin, you need the help of an Illinois birth injury attorney who can help you make sure that those responsible for your baby’s injuries are held accountable.

What is Pitocin?

Pitocin is a drug that is given to some women to induce labor. Because it is given through an IV continuously, contractions are closer together and stronger. Doctors should give the medication correctly and then monitor the mother’s and the baby’s heart rate. If there are any signs of distress the medication should be adjusted or a C-section may be needed to prevent injury to the baby.

Can Pitocin Be Deadly?

Pitocin does not allow the uterus to relax properly and it might mean that the baby does not get enough oxygen, which can lead to asphyxia. Also, if these strong contractions make the placenta separate from the wall of the uterus, the baby could still miss out on oxygen. When a baby does not get enough oxygen, it can lead to different kinds of brain injuries that can cause developmental problems like cerebral palsy and in really serious cases the baby will die. 

Can There Be Medical Negligence When Using Pitocin?

When doctors give medications during labor, they must use the right amount. They also need to keep a close eye on the mom and the baby's health and deal with any bad reactions quickly to stop any injuries, otherwise, it can be considered medical negligence and you could have a case of medical malpractice on your hands.

Birth injuries may happen because doctors and other medical staff did not do their job. If your child was injured during pregnancy, labor, or delivery, it is important to find out why it happened, what kind of care your child will need, and if you can get financial help to cover these costs.

Schedule a free consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer

When a serious birth injury occurs, you will have to pay for expensive medical treatments for many years. At Birth Injury Law Alliance, Ltd., an Illinois birth injury attorney can assist you in understanding what choices you have and help you figure out if your child's injury happened because of medical mistakes. Call 312-462-4200 for a free consultation.

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