Pitocin Is The New Episiotomy

If you were a fly on the wall on a Labor & Delivery floor, you would see a bag of Pitocin or Synthetic Oxytocin being hooked up to a majority of the IVs on the floor. For some, Pitocin is absolutely necessary to stop a serious hemorrhage, but why is it being used routinely for women that are having perfectly normal postpartum lochia?

Postpartum hemorrhages are responsible for about a quarter of maternal deaths worldwide, so it is absolutely a valid fear for birthing women, babies, and providers. About 1-5% of birthing women have a postpartum hemorrhage.

We also must factor in and unpack the fact that many hemorrhages ARE iatrogenic, aka caused by the providers themselves. Ripping a woman’s placenta out two minutes postpartum is not acceptable unless there is a true emergency. Pitocin, while effective at ceasing a hemorrhage in progress, can also cause a hemorrhage, when used to force uterine contractions over a long period of time, by hyper-stimulating the uterus.

What Causes Postpartum Hemorrhage?

Are there pre-disposing factors to hemorrhaging? Kind of. Black women are more likely to hemorrhage than white women, due to routine poor provider care, and a higher chance of iatrogenic-induced complications. If you have a history of hemorrhage, you are more likely to hemorrhage again. Poor nutrition may also pre-dispose a woman to hemorrhage, depending on the deficiencies.

If we reflect on the above statistic again, that an estimated 1-5% of birthing women hemorrhage, that leaves a fair 95% that DO NOT, so why are we routinely administering Pitocin to prevent hemorrhage, when we can simply treat hemorrhage when and if it occurs?

What are the Risks of Using Pitocin?

The reasons we feel Pitocin should not be used preventatively include mental wellbeing, breastfeeding, and supply/demand purposes.

Pitocin is related to a 36% increase in postpartum mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, and with the prevalence of mood disorders being 1 in 7 REPORTED cases, we seriously feel that providers should be taking this more seriously.

Pitocin can interrupt the flow of natural hormones, after all, it is derived from pig hormones these days. This can also disturb the natural placental delivery, and the breastfeeding relationship by disrupting the physiological process involved in one, the other, or both.

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Now, onto the supply and demand reason. When you utilize a valuable resource on someone that does not need it, it is obviously a waste of a resource, making it a waste of time, money, and creating a gap that needs to be filled in the supplies. This leads to lower quality product because hospitals desperately have to keep replenishing, for those that are actually in need, and then continue to use the product on those who DO NOT need it. If you have a person on your left dying of dehydration, and a person on your right that just drank two cups of water, and you only have one cup of water, are you going to give both of them a half cup, or would you rather give the dehydrated individual all of the water, since the other person is fine and well-hydrated already? I think the answer is obvious, myself. I would much rather those that genuinely need Pitocin to receive higher quality Pitocin from a safe source, than for everyone to receive lower-quality Pitocin, preventatively.

For my animal-loving friends, it also must be pretty unimagineable how many pigs must be used and abused to keep the Pitocin manufacturers up to speed on supplying…

Also be mindful that Pitocin administration postpartum does not only occur in hospital settings, there are MANY midwives that routinely administer Pitocin injected intramuscularly, postpartum, so be sure to discuss this with your midwife if you are having a home or birth center birth, as well.

To address the title, we compared Pitocin to episiotomies because for a very long time, episiotomies were seen as absolutely necessary, to PREVENT tears. This is exactly what is happening with Pitocin as well, it is being used to PREVENT something that may never happen. Now, the ACOG organization advocates against the use of episiotomies in any scenario, allowing the body to naturally tear and stitching/repairing as needed. It would be optimal for everyone to use Pitocin the same way.

Should Pitocin be used in an emergency, despite the risks? ABSOLUTELY. It just does not need to be used for every single person that just had a baby.

Take control of your birth, and stay educated.

IATROGENIC CARE; Your Body did not Fail – The Medical Establishment Did

IATROGENIC : “induced inadvertently by a physician, surgeon, medical treatment, or diagnostic procedure. ”

When a mother tells me about her previous complication during labor/delivery, I like to keep in mind that sometimes complications naturally arise. It’s an undeniable fact. More often than not though, these complications are induced by the provider; also an undeniable fact.

It’s no surprise that after a woman is given Pitocin, her baby’s heart rate tanks. This often ends in an emergency cesarean. Pitocin use often results in a c-section. A mother’s body starts failing to respond to labor after having fentanyl injected into her spine. No surprise! To numb the body and expect all to be well is not logical thinking.

A woman’s blood pressure is off the charts after being given Pitocin. Now her and baby’s life are at risk due to an unnecessary induction. No surprise here, either.

A woman’s cervix starts to swell and backtracks in regards to dilation after multiple unnecessary cervical exams. No surprise there. Vaginal checks can irritate the cervix and interfere with labor.

I could go on. All of these complications occur after hands interject into a natural bodily process. Then you are left with a complication that needs addressed. It quickly can turn into an emergency, all due to unnecessary interventions.

The worst part is that after it’s all said and done, providers claim they saved the day. That they saved the woman and baby’s life.
Yet, in truth, they caused the unnecessary emergency.

Most complications that happen during labor in a facility are iatrogenic. Caused by the provider who many trust to keep them safe. We have one of the worst infant mortality rates in all of the developed countries, according to the CDC. We are failing mothers and infants. It’s time for people to wake up, research, and realize what is going on here.

To find more information about iatrogenic care in the delivery room, see the latest research here:

Traumatic Births Impact Everyone

When we talk about birth trauma, why do we look at the baby and say, “At least the baby is healthy.. You will be okay.”?
Is the baby actually okay?
Are the birth workers attending okay?
What about mom’s partner?
And is mom ever going to truly be okay after that experience?

The answer is no. Birth trauma impacts everyone involved. Even future children.

How Deep Does Birth Trauma Go?

Babies have something known as primal memories, and this allows for primal trauma. It will always be subconscious, unless they use some form of deep meditation in the future to surface everything and heal it, such as an intense Reiki healing. Primal trauma is backed by scientific research, so it is not some woo theory, it is real! This can flow into our behavior as babies (aka a good or bad baby, as some would put it), childhood, and adulthood, and lays the groundwork for life! Trauma carrying into our lives may look like colic with no explanation, how we tolerate stressful situations, and how we make decisions under pressure. 80% of children with SPD, ADHD and autism have a history of birth trauma.

Babies are made to tolerate some trauma, which is why their little skulls are so flexible and incomplete when born, they must go through a bout of contractions and a tight birth canal into a cold new world to learn how to breathe, eat and poop, dang, life is rough! Can you imagine leaving a soft, warm, wet environment, your mommy with you every single second, to having to go through that transition? Let alone factoring in a traumatic birth with interventions.

Interventions like being drugged, your comfy water sac being broken before you are ready to be without it, being stuck with probes and monitors, pulled out by a vacuum or forceps, have suctioning tools shoved into your nose and mouth before you even get a chance to breathe, your lifeline cut as soon as you are born, burning antibiotics being put into your eyes and getting a few stabs on your feet and legs… Doesn’t sound fun and peaceful, does it?

When a mama is given Pitocin, it disrupts the physiological birth process and guess what? Babies experience that, too. When you are feeling contractions back to back and are in so much pain, so is your baby. Pitocin does not give the body the opportunity to process oxytocin and beta-endorphins the way that it is supposed to, so you and baby go without the natural pain relief that your body would normally provide in labor. Drugs in labor disrupt bonding and hormones, and baby’s natural ability to descend the way they are supposed to in the birth canal, leading to more interventions and trauma. This can impact breastfeeding, as well.

How Does Birth Trauma Affect Others?

Now let’s discuss the trauma in others that witness birth trauma and birth rape.

If you have witnessed a woman being birth raped, whether you are her spouse, her doula, her mom, or another loved one, you too have experienced a form of trauma and can accrue PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental disruptions from it. You are not crazy, and not alone.

Hospitals can be severely toxic and traumatic, and because they are so prone to routinely administering interventions before trying anything else, they traumatize many more people than necessary. Not to mention,  some doctors and midwives are on such a high pedestal, that they will scream at doulas,  accuse moms of trying to kill their baby by going the natural route, and kick support people out of hospital rooms. It is disgusting.

This abuse of power can prevent birth workers from fully serving women in the hospital because they are scared to get yelled at, reported, removed from the hospital, etc, so they may stay silent or become so triggered they express emotions that end up projecting onto the mamas, which is no good! What is the worst is when toxic providers prevent a physiological birth from happening, cause an emergency that could have been avoided, then pretend that they saved baby’s life. It happens ALL. THE. TIME. And we need to do something about us, as a whole.

Bottom line, if you have a toxic provider, FIRE THEM, threaten to get a lawyer on the phone if they will not leave, walk out of the hospital, they will stomp all over your birth and everyone around you. It is up to us to take back our births!

When your Doctor chooses for you, They aren’t choosing FOR you.

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The practice of paternalism in the medical field is becoming more common. Where the patient is tricked into blindly trusting the doctor, because the doctor is believed to be the “educated professional”.

What many do not realize is the conflict of interest that comes with their medical suggestions. Convenience and revenue are two factors that play into a providers suggestions. For example, if a woman is 39 weeks pregnant, many prenatal medical doctors will suggest that she induces labor – at least offers it to her as an option to pick an induction date. Often times, for no medical need! Even more often, for silly reasons such as “baby is too big”, “fluid seems low”, or a slightly elevated blood pressure. Scenarios where the risk of induction outweighs the possibly benefits.

Why though?

If they induce, they won’t be called in at random hours, in the early morning, on their day off, when mom would go into labor naturally. They could schedule labor to happen when they are scheduled to be at work! How convenient! But why aren’t the risks shared?

Providers are taught medicine and how to best benefit the pharmaceutical industry. Keep in mind, the pharmaceutical industry is where their schooling/learning materials come from! If people are truly healthy and well, the pharmaceutical industry isn’t making money.

Can you say “Conflict of Interest”?

They are taught how to use medicine in all situations to medicalize the birth process. They are taught that the use of Pitocin is equal to the naturally occurring Oxytocin hormone (it is NOT), and that there isn’t significant risk in replacing the natural hormone with synthetic (there IS significant risk). Using these methods brings in revenue for the pharmaceutical companies (be it from insurance or government funding, money is still made). They are taught to use these means even though it is proven healthiest to leave the natural birth process alone to unfold naturally. Often times when a woman is induced, her body isn’t ready for labor. NO KIDDING! She then might run into complications such as poor fetal heart rate or poor blood pressure, then is rushed off for an emergency cesarean. Again, NO KIDDING. This, in turn, bringing in more revenue. All while the doctor ! This is pretty textbook here in the US as well as many other countries.

It is important to make your own informed decisions regarding your birth and baby. You do not need a degree to research or make an educated decision. Never let a doctor sway you into doing something that make your instincts scream “NO!”. After all, when your doctor is choosing for you, they aren’t choosing FOR you. To believe your best interest is always at heart, is ignorant. Take this time to look up what the 3rd leading cause of death in the US is, then reconsider taking their advice!