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Cytotec/ Miso (MISOPROSTOL)/ The little Pill
Oh how we love to use this little tool to get labor going, to stop hemorrhaging and help prevent ulcers. Uuuh….what? Wait a minute, help prevent ulcers!? Yup that's right Cytotec is an ulcer medication and that's what it was made for; it was never to be intended for the use of labor induction. Using this little pill to help start labor was very common in the 90's before it was discovered that it can have very negative effects on mom and baby when used. Cytotec can be great for starting labor and sometimes so great at it that it can rupture your uterus. It can also make labor sporadic, going from fast to slow, to strong to painful, and then back to fast again. Some health care professionals are fine using cytotec in small doses or in large doses in cases involving a stubborn uterus or cervix. However, there are some positives to using cytotec for induction, but the negative effects far outweigh the positive ones. So why do they still use it for induction? Like I mentioned before, it tends to work really well for causing induction and it's very cheap.
What the FDA says about administering Cytotec to pregnant women:
"CYTOTEC (MISOPROSTOL) ADMINISTRATION TO WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT CAN CAUSE ABORTION, PREMATURE BIRTH, OR BIRTH DEFECTS. UTERINE RUPTURE HAS BEEN REPORTED WHEN CYTOTEC WAS ADMINISTERED INPREGNANT WOMEN TO INDUCE LABOR OR TO INDUCE ABORTION BEYOND THE EIGHTH WEEK OF PREGNANCY (seealso PRECAUTIONS, and LABOR AND DELIVERY). CYTOTEC SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN BY PREGNANT WOMEN TOREDUCE THE RISK OF ULCERS INDUCED BY NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDS) (See CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS)."
When taking a look at the package there is an illustration of a pregnant woman with a cross over it meaning do NOT administer to pregnant women.
Doulas, Dads and Partners
Imagine a woman is in labor, breathing harder as each contraction becomes stronger and more intense then the last. She starts moaning and moving her body in primitive movements; she just can't get comfortable. She then starts looking for others to help her though this. What do you do? How can you help her though each pain inducing contraction? Even thinking about this picture can bring on anxiety to some. Being the person that Mom is dependent upon to help her be more comfortable can be intense, scary and stressful. That's why it helps to have someone on your birthing team that knows what to do. They know what positions that are helpful during back labor, how to help the baby turn to the optimal position for birth, and much more.
This puts quite a bit of pressure on Dad or the birth partner to be the one who should know how to help during this time of need. One way to make this easier for Mom, Dad and anyone else involved is by hiring a doula. Studies show that having a doula at the labor and birth can improve the experience and the outcome of the birth.
Doulas are not hired to replaced Dads or birth partners they are hired to help make the labor and birth not only a great experience but to help reduce stress and anxiety. During those hard times it's a great comfort and luxury to have a doula by your side guiding you every step of the way.