Long story short, I ended up being with induced with Pitocin at around 8. Then began the most horrendous experience of my life. The pain was not only the most horrible pain I've experienced (keep in mind I had a drug free birth previously), but it was unrelenting for the next 6 hours. By the near the end of the ordeal, I was begging for drugs, but the nurse informed me that it was too late. I believe it was time for my daughter to be born some thirty minutes later and then began, what I've described to some, an episode out of "ER"! To this day, we're unsure what the whole urgency was about, but suddenly, my doctor was yelling and screaming at me to push. "You've GOT to push, Hannah!" she threatened. I said yelled back, "I AM". As far as I knew, my daughter's heart rate was normal and nothing was amiss. She then proceeded to stick her hand in and attempted to "pull" her out. I screamed like I've NEVER screamed before, and tore like I've NEVER (since having three more) tore before.
Finally my daughter was born, while I was joyful at her arrival, I was reeling from the whole thing and so sad at the same time. I felt as if something was stolen from me. I clearly remember my Doctor's demeanor afterwards. She congratulated me and said something nice, but I got the sense that she realized she overreacted and was sheepishly trying to appease my husband and myself. I didn't even look at her. I had so much disdain for her actions that I knew my attitude would not be pretty.
Immediately, postpartum I had to deal with cold nurses and hospital policies regarding feeding babies. My daughter didn't wake up after she had nursed immediately after birth for another four hours. I had to fend off a nurse who tried in vain to wake her, by taking off her clothes, bending her back and forth and even tossing her a bit, because of hospital policy! Then had the nerve to tell me that "I'll bet she'll eat if she had formula. At night she woke up and nursed for a good hour and a half. After I informed the nurse on duty, I was criticized for "letting her nurse too long"! I checked out of the hospital, eagerly, the next morning, even though I had another night's stay with my insurance. Some of the nurses were even upset with me about "leaving too soon"!!
Are there problems associated with the use of Pitocin?
Yes. Oxytocin, your body's natural hormone, is secreted in bursts. However, when you are given pitocin you are placed on a regulated intravenous pump, to regulate the amount of pitocin to a steady flow. Therefore, pitocin induced contractions are different from your body's natural contractions, in strength and effect.With pitocin, the induced force of the contraction may decrease uterine blood flow (This is also done during a natural contraction, but not for as long of a period and not as close together.). Therefore, reducing the oxygen to the baby. With pitocin you will also receive continuous electronic fetal monitoring. This is because fetal distress is more common with pitocin use and needs to be detected if it occurs.
We have also witness that pitocin can be the beginning domino in the domino effect. The IV, the infusion pump, and the continuous monitoring will confine most mothers to bed, decreasing her ability to deal with the contractions naturally. With the more painful contractions a mother is more likely to need pain medication, such as an epidural anesthesia.
Pitocin can present other hazards. For the mother these include: tumultuous labor and tetanic contractions, which may cause premature separation of the placenta, rupture of the uterus, laceration of the cervix or postbirth hemorrhage. Fetal hazards include: fetal asphyxia and neonatal hypoxia from too frequent and prolonged uterine contractions, physical injury and prematurity if the due date is not accurate. " Pitocin can present other hazards. For the mother these include: tumultuous labor and tetanic contractions, which may cause premature separation of the placenta, rupture of the uterus, laceration of the cervix or postbirth hemorrhage. -- Pitocin FAQ Childbirth.org