Improper Use of Pitocin and Antibiotics Can Cause Harm to Mother and Child
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When a pregnancy has progressed beyond 41 weeks, or when labor seems to have stalled, the drug Pitocin may be administered in order to induce or restart contractions. Pitocin is a synthetic form of the naturally-occurring hormone, Oxytocin, but it must be used carefully by experienced professionals because of the potential danger of administering too high of a dose. Antibiotics can also cause complications during labor and delivery. Certain antibiotics have been found to carry a risk of birth injuries due to their potentially harmful side effects.
At the law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our Jackson and Memphis-based birth injury attorneys are here and ready to answer your questions about your options. You may be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturer of the drug, your doctor and even the hospital when you or your baby has suffered a birth injury caused by the use of Pitocin or antibiotics during labor and delivery.
Risks associated with Pitocin for the mother
One of the challenges with using Pitocin is that the there is no way of knowing what the mother’s reaction will be to the drug. It must be administered at the right time, and in the smallest effective dose. The medical team should watch for and respond to any adverse reactions on the part of the mother right away. Some of the adverse reactions mothers may have to Pitocin include:
- Heavy postpartum bleeding
- Allergic reaction
- Irregular heart beat
- Ruptured uterus
- Premature separation of the uterus
Risks associated with using Pitocin for the baby
When Pitocin is administered to speed up labor, electronic fetal monitoring is required in order to watch for signs of fetal distress. Pitocin causes uterine contractions to become very strong and closer together. If the contractions become too strong, it can cause a lowered heart rate in the fetus and undue stress on the mother. Some examples of Pitocin-induced complications for the fetus include:
- Fetal asphyxia
- Neonatal hypoxia
- Brain and spinal cord injury
- Retinal hemorrhage
- Cerebral palsy
- Stillbirth or fetal death
If administered and monitored properly, Pitocin can be an effective drug that helps move the birthing process along, but when it is misused it can lead to serious complications and death in both mother and baby.
Antibiotics overdose injuries during labor and delivery
Physicians must walk a precarious line when it comes to treating infections in pregnant women. There are certain antibiotics that are safe for pregnant women to take, while other antibiotics have been linked to serious birth injuries and complications such as:
- Anencephaly (deformed skull and small brain)
- Heart defects
- Eye defects
- Cleft lip
- Hearing loss
Antibiotics with Macrolides can carry a higher risk of the baby getting cerebral palsy. Doctors must balance the need for clearing up an infection that could be passed along to the baby if not treated right away, and being careful to give the precise dose to guard against the danger of antibiotic overdose.
If you or your baby sustained an injury during the labor and delivery process, and that injury is the result of a medication error or Pitocin use, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor and hospital. Our injury attorneys in Memphis and Jackson work with medical experts who will examine your injury, your medical records and investigate the circumstances of the incident. We will not stop until we are able to obtain fair compensation for you and the responsible party is held accountable for your injuries and complications.
Schedule a no obligation case review with experienced, West Tennessee birth injury attorneys today
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we offer a free, legal consultation to families in Memphis, Jackson and throughout West Tennessee who sustained a labor-related or birth injury from Pitocin or antibiotics errors. You are welcome to call our Memphis personal injury attorneys at 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form to schedule time with our legal team today, to answer your questions and give you sound guidance.