Did You Get Pitocin and Your Baby Have a Birth Injury? Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers Explain Pitocin Use and Birth Injuries 


There are many possible ways how birth injuries could occur, some are natural and some are due to Oregon medical malpractice.  The use of Pitocin is the latter, because there is nothing natural about Pitocin—a synthetic hormone.  This is a powerful drug given to induce labor and it can have disastrous consequences for a newborn.  Our Bend/Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers know how dangerous Pitocin is and how often it can result in serious and catastrophic birth injuries, including the wrongful death of a newborn or a mother.  If you were given Pitocin and your child suffered a birth injury, learn about your rights here.


What is Pitocin?


Pitocin is a synthetic drug which is meant to be Oxytocin, a natural hormone that a mother’s body produces.  Oxytocin is a natural hormone a mother’s body makes to induce contractions, among other functions.  Pitocin is made to just induce contractions.  It is more potent than Oxytocin so less of it is generally needed.  Pitocin is generally given through an IV in the arm and the level of Pitocin is increased until the mother is having contractions every two or three minutes.  Pitocin is adjusted to keep the contractions every two or three minutes until the baby is delivered.  However, if the contractions are too strong or more frequent the dose will be reduced, and if the contractions are greater than every three minutes the amount of Pitocin may be increased.


How Pitocin Could Cause Birth Injuries


Pitocin is a very powerful drug and it must be used properly and at the right time.  Many times Pitocin is used automatically by the hospital staff without thinking; it is just a common drug used to induce labor in pregnant woman in the delivery wing of a hospital.  However, Pitocin must only be used in the proper situation because it will cause contractions and therefore force the newborn out through the birth canal.  If the birth canal is not ready, the Pitocin could result in significant damage to the baby.


For instance, Pitocin may only be used when the mother’s cervix is ready for the delivery.  The cervix itself is rotated upwards and away from the birth canal, as well as hardened, to protect the baby from outside threats.  The mother’s body is ready or nearing readiness to deliver when the cervix is effaced, or opened, and is rotated down the birth canal to delivery the baby.  The cervix will also softens to allow for safe passage as opposed to hardened to protect.


Improper use of Pitocin is when the cervix is not ready to delivery because it has not rotated, it is not effaced, or has not softened yet.  This means contractions will force the baby into a solid wall of muscle and tissue which will injury the baby.  The longer that the baby is pushed into that solid wall of tissue, the less oxygen that the baby will have, the more damage to the baby’s body including the soft head and even the brain, and the more trauma, stress, and fatigue that the baby will experience.


Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injuries Lawyers Can Help if Pitocin Hurt Your Loved One


Newborns damaged by Pitocin may have brain injuries, shoulder dystocia, cerebral palsy, HIE, and other very serious personal injuries.  Unfortunately many times the Pitocin use is not necessary and the mother’s body could due what doctors are just trying to rush along to get you out of the hospital bed and another mother in.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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