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The Connection Between Pitocin Errors and Cerebral Palsy

Pitocin is a widely used drug that helps to induce labor. It is a synthetic version of oxytocin which is a natural hormone that a person produces to help their uterus contract. Despite its widespread use, Pitocin can have a harmful effect. Pitocin errors can cause birth injuries such as cerebral palsy. If you believe a pitocin error caused trauma to your child, you need to speak to an attorney.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, PLLC, we represent families who have suffered birth injuries due to medical malpractice, including pitocin errors. Our team of lawyers has secured multiple multi-million dollar judgments and settlements and continues to work tirelessly for our clients. If your child was injured during labor and delivery, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation. 

What Is Pitocin?

Pitocin is a labor-inducing drug. It is a synthetic version of oxytocin which is a natural hormone that helps the uterus to contract. Pitocin is commonly used to “jump-start” labor in the United States. It can either start or strengthen contractions to help move along a stalled labor. 

Pitocin is administered via an IV. A doctor may order pitocin if you are beyond your due date, your water has broken, but labor has not started, or there is a concern with the health of the baby. 

What Problems Can Pitocin Cause?

While Pitocin can help to start labor or strengthen contractions, it can also cause serious problems when used incorrectly. There are several risks associated with the use of Pitocin since it replicates a hormone that already exists in the body.

Risks of using Pitocin include:

  • Decreased blood supply
  • Uterine rupture
  • Reduced oxygen supply
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection

Pitocin can also increase the risk that you may have to have an emergency cesarean section (C-section). Because the drug strengthens contractions, it can cause them to come too fast and too strong, constricting blood vessels and resulting in harm to the fetus.

Can a Pitocin Error Cause Cerebral Palsy?

If too much pitocin is administered, it can cause rapid contractions. This can directly impact the oxygen being supplied to the fetus. Oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery can result in devastating birth injuries, including cerebral palsy.

During childbirth, a person must be monitored closely to ensure that labor is progressing normally. Any signs of fetal distress must be addressed immediately to prevent harm. Failure to diagnose and treat fetal distress can result in liability. 

Was Your Child Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy After a Pitocin Error?

If your child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a pitocin error, you might be entitled to compensation. A birth injury lawyer can help determine whether you have a valid medical malpractice claim. Contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. 

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