Labor on Pitocin: Is it really that hard?
Pitocin is often used to further stimulate labor, increasing the strength or frequency of contractions. When I was given pitocin during my first birth, it was because - although fully dilated - my contractions had died down in strength and frequency. My doctor wanted to be sure we could birth the baby before any complications occurred. I didn't question the suggestion to start pitocin, as I had already delayed the pitocin for several hours, hoping that my contractions would naturally resume. But, they didn't. So, I had some pitocin. My doctor told me that I probably didn't want to have powerful pitocin contractions without an epidural, so I also agreed to the epidural, fearing the superhuman contractions.
An urbanMama recently emailed who wants to know, is it possible to survive an induced-labor, without epidurals or other painkiller interventions?:
My little sister is now pregnant and unfortunately she's started off with a complication: blood clot in the leg. Due to this she will be on blood thinners throughout the pregnancy and then when it's time for baby, she will need to be induced (so they can manage the timing of taking her off the blood thinner so she doesn't bleed too much....). She has attended several births and is committed to a natural, intervention-free labor. Her concern is that by being induced, her chances of making it through labor without painkiller interventions are less. Immediately I thought of urbanMamas as being the place to ask that question. Are there any mamas out there who have been through labor with and without induction? Any mamas who've been through induction of labor and got through it without an epidural?