A preliminary new study of the drug Pitocin, frequently given to women to help start or speed up childbirth, has raised concerns about its safety.
The study found that the use of Pitocin to induce or augment labor was linked to unexpected admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and to lower Apgar scores -- a test to check newborns' physical condition in the minutes following birth.
"These results suggest that Pitocin use is associated with adverse effects on neonatal outcomes," said researcher Dr. Michael Tsimis, a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, in a statement.
Interesting. Has anyone here had pitocin used to help their previous labor(s) progress? What was your experience with it like?