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I think I read somewhere on here (can't find it now) that someone mentioned that having pit during labor makes you more likely to bleed after labor, and then requiring pit after for hemorrhaging? Is that right? I really would like to avoid all pit this time around, even after, but I know my doc has given it to me both previous labors to stop the bleeding (and I was induced with pit both times).
Does anyone have any articles or info on necessity/non-necessity of use of pit after delivery?
That may have been me that said that. I had a lot of pitocin when I delivered my son because I had an epidural, and I lost a liter of blood after delivery. I am using midwives at a birth center now, and after I shared with them my fears of it happening again, they told me I probably bled so much because of the pitocin. My hospital records from my son's birth said I bled because of a "tired uterus" which was probably due to the crazy pitocin contractions. After I bled, I had to have more pitocin and IV with fluid for the rest of the day. It was really scary, a big reason why I want a natural childbirth this time. I don't have any articles for you though, sorry.
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I had a shot of pitocin after I had Cadie for bleeding. I told my current midwife about the bleeding and she said most OB's and nurse midwives tug on the placenta to make it come faster, causing the bleeding. She said lots of bleeding like that very rarely occurs when they truly let the placenta come on it's own.
I've had three pit inductions, and I don't remember EVER continuing the pit after delivery. I didn't have a problem with bleeding either, but actually the pit wasn't very effective for inducing me. (Meaning, more than once they induced me for a whole day and nothing happened, trying again the next day. Nothing happens for me until they break my water.)
Maybe it varies by state? To be quite honest, I've never heard of this!
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I didn't have pit during labor with either one, but was given it afterward. I didn't know about the tugging on the placenta until later so I am going to be adamant that no one does that this time around. I bled for 2 hours after my second birth and it was horrible. I was doing great avoiding the IV the whole time, but in the end I agreed to do it because nothing else was working to stop the bleeding. I don't know if it was pulled on or not. Since it was such a fast birth I may have bled on my own too. I also want to breastfeed immediately, but they took my baby away. If I only I knew with my first natural birth what I know even now.
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After I had Donovan my placenta did not want to come out and my midwives tried everything, including 2 injections of pit to get me to contract. Nothing worked and Iended up in the hospital 5 hours postpartum for a catheter and manual extraction. So I guess I would allow it for heavy bleeding or retained placenta, but not just as a matter of course. For me it's all about using medications when actually needed, and in that case there is a need.
I have had pit after delivery of baby and the placenta to get my uterus to contract and slow the bleeding and it worked good for me. The first couple of deliveries I didn't have pit afterward (or during) and bled for weeks. So for me, it worked really good and I will chose to have it again after this delivery.
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