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|Tue, 02-25-2014 - 4:43pm|
When my water broke with my son, I was only 2 centimeters. When I arrived at the hospital, they wanted to (and did) give me Pitocin to speed up the contractions and get things moving. I didn't want the Pitocin but I took the fact that they're professionals to heart and let them do it. After almost 5 hours, I had only dilated a half a centimeter. I wound up getting an epidural (another thing I didn't want to do but the pain was excruciating) and when my son's heart rate got all wonky, they took me off the Pitocin. Within a half hour, I had dilated 2 more centimeters. I'm convinced that if they'd let me labor on my own, I would have had a natural birth and a vaginal delivery (I wound up having an EMCS).
My question is this:
Do hospitals have a protocol where they are allowed to give Pitocin as soon as the mother enters? Mind you, I had just gotten hooked up to the IV and my water had broken not even 20 minutes before. Do they really worry about infection to that extent?