Kevin Charles

Study: Hormone Used to Induce Labor May Harm Babies

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Pitocin, a drug commonly used to induce labor, is under scrutiny. Analysis of more than 3,000 women who delivered full term babies at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York found a link between the use of pitocin and newborn admission to the neonatal intensive care unit. It was also tied to slightly lower Apgar test scores, tests used to check newborns’ physical conditions. ABC’s Linsey Davis reports, the research has caused a firestorm on mommy blogs:


Pitocin often has a bad rap among moms. 28-year-old Casi Densmore-Koon has five kids. Pitocin was used in one pregnancy because she was high risk.

“Pitocin is awful,” Koon said. “I felt really dizzy really medicated. I really couldn’t breathe between contractions at all.”

But Julie Griglio had a more positive experience with pitocin. It was used during labor for both of her babies … and everything went smoothly. “I would do pitocin again in a heartbeat,” she said.

So far, researchers only found an association, not a cause and effect. Linsey Davis, ABC News, New York.]

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