raving_liberal: (birth is safe)
raving_liberal ([personal profile] raving_liberal) wrote on July 8th, 2009 at 03:29 pm
This is one (of many) reason(s) to stay home
This article on the Unnecesarean blog has to be one of the most disturbing things I have ever read about current trends in obstetrical practice in the United States.

"Pit to distress" - administering the highest possible dosage of Pitocin in order to deliberately cause fetal distress, with the intended outcome of cesarean section. This isn't something made up by one or two conspiracy-seeking natural birthers. She includes links to references in other articles, quotes from individuals with firsthand experience, and even a photocopy from Labor and Delivery Nursing text book addressing the issue (it says that "'pit to distress' is not an acceptable order. If a provider writes 'pit to distress,' notify your charge nurse or supervisor [...] At all times, you must practice to prevent harm.). This is a real phenomenon.

Read and be disturbed.
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