facebook page view

Dec 21, 2022 in News Personal Injury

Personal Injury: What Are the Different Types of Oxytocin/Pitocin Injuries?

The Different Types of Oxytocin and Pitocin Injuries During Birth

What are the risks of oxytocin and Pitocin injuries, and how are oxytocin and trauma linked? 

"Oxytocin is recommended to be used in every delivery in Canada," says Dr. Fiona Mattatall at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary. So it's no surprise that around 22% of births in Canada are induced using oxytocin and its synthetic equivalent, Pitocin (also sometimes called medication oxytocin).

In this article, we'll explore the oxytocin and Pitocin birth injuries that can result if the dosage is not monitored carefully or if complications occur.

Neurological Brain Injuries and Long-Term Side Effects of Pitocin on the Baby

If Pitocin causes hyperstimulation, it can result in intense contractions just two minutes apart. This impacts the ability of the placenta to deliver oxygen to the baby during labour, potentially causing neurological injuries (a condition called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE) leading to permanent disabilities such as cerebral palsy. 

Other potential Pitocin birth injuries are:

  • Abnormal fetal heart rate
  • Fetal distress
  • Neonatal seizures
  • Lower Apgar score
  • Retinal haemorrhaging 
  • Infant jaundice
  • Kernicterus
  • Death

These potential Pitocin errors and the risks of Pitocin more broadly should be well understood - but if you or a loved one experienced Pitocin birth injuries, please reach out to a birth injury lawyer in Toronto to explore all your legal options. 

Pitocin Birth Injuries Caused to the Mother

Pitocin side effects on the baby aren't the only risk; it can cause injuries to the mother as well during and after labour. Some maternal complications and injuries that have been linked to Pitocin are:

  • Uterine rupture and haemorrhaging
  • Water intoxication and convulsions 
  • Bleeding in the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage) 
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Anaphylaxis (or an allergic reaction)
  • Pelvic hematoma 
  • Nausea and vomiting

Induced Labour and Medical Malpractice 

It's because of the risks posed by Pitocin and oxytocin-induced births that there are clear guidelines on their use. Medical professionals must weigh the need and risks of inducing labour before going ahead with either oxytocin or Pitocin.

“It All Went Wrong in Just a Heartbeat”

But Nick & Katerine refused to let a birth injury limit the rest of her life

Injuries can also occur when physicians attempt vaginal delivery by prolonging labour, instead of opting for a medically-indicated C-section. 

During labour, the medical team must ensure the baby continues to receive oxygen and that they follow the required standard of care when administering high-risk medication like Pitocin.

In the event medical professionals fail to follow guidelines, and an injury occurs, it can give rise to a medical malpractice claim.

Getting in Touch With Birth Injury Lawyers

It may seem unthinkable, but injuries can and do occur during labour and delivery. Oxytocin and trauma, Pitocin injuries, injuries from forceps, and injuries even during vacuum extraction can cause long-lasting harm to both mother and baby. 

If you feel you or someone you know may have suffered birth injuries due to medical malpractice or negligence, get in touch with our birth injury lawyers. While we can’t undo the harm that has been done, we can ensure that you receive the financial support to better care for yourself or your loved one. 

 

Book a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your matter with an experienced team of birth injury lawyers today.

Personal Injury Lawyer at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Toronto

Sonia Nijjar

Associate, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

More Posts View Bio

Area of Expertise

Personal injury

 

Personal injury claims come in all shapes and sizes. Our practice has represented clients seeking compensation from individuals, small businesses, corporate entities, medical professionals and facilities, and insurance providers. This diverse experience has made us one of Ontario’s most reputable and trusted personal injury law firms. If you or a member of your family has been catastrophically injured, contact a Neinstein personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

More Posts Legal Support

Book A Free Consultation

We will not charge you unless your case is successful.


Top 10 Topics
Category Selector

Select a category relevant to you.

Personal Injury Lawyer at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Toronto

Sonia Nijjar

Associate, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

More Posts View Bio

Area of Expertise

Personal injury

 

Personal injury claims come in all shapes and sizes. Our practice has represented clients seeking compensation from individuals, small businesses, corporate entities, medical professionals and facilities, and insurance providers. This diverse experience has made us one of Ontario’s most reputable and trusted personal injury law firms. If you or a member of your family has been catastrophically injured, contact a Neinstein personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

More Posts Legal Support

Book A Free Consultation

We will not charge you unless your case is successful.


Looking For A Lawyer? We're Here To Help


Book Free Consultation 

At Neinstein we have been advocating for injured victims for over 50 years. Our committed and compassionate team will do everything necessary to help you and your family find solutions to the new challenges that arise from serious injuries.

Our team will ensure you access the proper healthcare support to aid in your recovery. While you focus on your rehabilitation, we will thoroughly investigate your case and guide you through the litigation process so we can achieve the maximum compensation that you deserve.