Pitocin after Labor/Delivery?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

yorp127 :  I had a scheduled c-section for a breech baby (I wasn’t allowed to go into labor naturally since they wouldn’t have been able to deliver him without some pretty serious trauma for both of us in the postion he was in) so my experience may be a little bit different, but I was given pitocin I.V. after delivery. I had spinal anesthesia and a nerve block that prevented me from feeling anything initially, but once that wore off I was able to feel afterpains. It wasn’t too bad, just felt like bad period cramps TBH. I didn’t have (and still don’t have) any issues breastfeeding post-partum, he latched right away, I was producing colostrum and my milk came in within 2-3 days. He lost about 8% of his birth weight initially and was back up to birth weight 5 days post-birth, which I’m told is pretty quickly.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Exactly! It’s important to be informed and consent to what’s going into your body!

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

With my last birth(1.5 yes ago) the hospital implemented the use of pitocin.. 8 hours of it after birth.. I got to sit in my nasty gown covered in birthing fluids and blood for 8 hours bc of this. I’m hoping with this delivery, I won’t have to again

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Post- birth pitocin is standard at the hospital I delivered at. It was in my birth plan that I declined all medication – including pitocin – unless necessary. I pushed for over three hours and by the time I finally delivered, I started hemorrhaging. At that point, I got a shot of pitocin in my upper thigh. That wasn’t enough so they ran an IV and I had more pit through that. If I hadn’t hemorrhaged, it was no problem to decline it and it was easy to get everything going when it was needed.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

yorp127 :  I had a completely unmedicated waterbirth at a birth center. A few minutes after my baby was born and I was holding him on my chest, my midwife gave me a shot of pitocin in my thigh. She told me it was to help the placenta come out. They are low intervention and evidence-based, so I trusted that it was a good call. I delivered the placenta easily, then got out of the tub and went to the bed to nurse my baby. This was my second child and it was a much easier, straightforward birth than my first. I can’t remember if I had any pitocin afterwards the first time, but I don’t think I did (different midwife).

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

Former labor & delivery RN here.

Post delivery pitocin, given through an IV, is pretty standard practice to help the vessels of the uterus clamp down after the placenta is delivered. The shot in the thigh most in this thread are referring to is not pitocin. It’s a different medication given when there is a postpartum hemorrhage. It is not routinely given. 

ETA: I guess Pit can be given intramuscular, but I have never seen that done. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

Julius524 :  That’s just terrible nursing and has nothing to do with getting pitocin for 8 hours post delivery. No one should ever sit in wet anything if it can be prevented. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Julius524 :  I’m wondering if you were bleeding excessively.  Might explain the extra long pitocin and bed rest.

Post # 25
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Busy bee

yorp127 :  I hemorrhaged after my first delivery and had excessive blood loss again with my second.  Pitocin via IV and cytotec inserted vaginally were used to help control the bleeding and perhaps other drugs (it was pretty overwhelming.)  I have had an overly abundant supply of milk even with losing so much blood both times so pitocin wasn’t problematic for me. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

yorp127 :  I had a midwife as well (hospital delivery) and it was part of their standard protocol. The shot I got was definitely pit. I was told mutiple times that it was though I have no idea how normal that is vs an IV.

I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding but there were so many other possible reasons that I wouldn’t feel comfortable saying the pit had anything to do w it. I have PCOS which can be problematic for BFing and my baby was rehospitalized for jaundice and that really messed us up as far as BFing. He lost a lot of weight (like much more than the 10% or under they’re looking for) and couldn’t gain it back so we also supplemented very early on – we actually had to while he was back in the hospital bc he was only allowed out from under the lights for (I think?) five minutes every two hours.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

I am a nurse that works in women’s services. Generally I take care of high risk OB patients, but I do frequently take care of postpartum patients with babies in NICU. I’ll say it’s pretty standard in my experience for women to have pitocin after delivery. It does a good job of helping the uterus to contract and reduces the risk of post partum hemmorhage (PPH). But I will say that as far as being able to breast feed and milk supply goes, pitocin is not as big of a deal as a hemmorhage would be as your body won’t be ready and willing to be making milk while you are bleeding out. And some of the other meds used to stop PPH may have more of an effect on your supply than just pitocin. I will say I’m not a good source on whether it affects breastfeeding that much because my postpartum patients are mostly pumping while their babies are in NICU. And I’ve seen women pump tons int he first few days, and some women who don’t get much at all. Every woman is different and it also depends on the  willingness to pump/feed every few hours.

 

With all that being said, you do have the right as a patient to refuse any medical intervention

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

MrsBG :  no mention of any bleeding or any type of complications. Just that a slow drip of pit was done after birth.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I gave birth December 2016. I had pitocin given before pushing due to a long labour. They stopped it once I was 10cm and fully effaced. I had no issues delivering my placenta. Honestly, I didn’t even notice it since I just gave birth to a human and I was exhausted from 2.5 hours of pushing haha (Baby was in a difficult position). I haven’t heard of giving pitocin after labour. Maybe because I’m in Canada? I had no issues breastfeeding after pitocin. 

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