Labor induction, although not the norm, is a fairly common practice. A doctor may decide to induce labor for a variety of different reasons, including to preserve the health of the baby and mother.
OB/GYNs have a variety of methods at their disposal to induce labor. Most commonly, doctors will administer a medication that stimulates and softens the uterus (known in the medical community as “ripening”)
Cytotec is one of the most popular uterus-ripening drugs. Although initially developed as a treatment for ulcers, the drug was found to be an effective ripening agent. It is prized for its affordability, efficiency, and ease of use. The drug is also recommended by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a safe and effective means of inducing labor.
However, despite its popularity, Cytotec is not without risk. The drug has been associated with several serious side effects, with widespread reports of serious maternal injury. In fact, for this reason, the FDA warns against the use of the drug as a labor inducer.
The drug has been connected to serious maternal injuries, including:
Uterine Rupture – A complication that occurs when the mother’s uterus tears during labor, endangering the mother and baby.
Postpartum Hemorrhaging – Excessive bleeding that takes place after birth that can lead to shock or death.
Amniotic Fluid Embolism – A serious affliction that occurs when amniotic fluid passes through the placental barrier and enters the bloodstream. Symptoms include heart issues, breathing problems, and uncontrolled bleeding.
Hysterectomy – The surgical removal of the uterus due to birth complications.
Contact a Chicago Maternal Injury Lawyer
There are very strict guidelines governing when Cytotec can and cannot be used. For example, The ACOG prohibits the use of the drug for women who have had cesarean sections.
If a patient suffers serious maternal injury because their doctor failed to follow established standards of care, they may be able to file a medical negligence lawsuit. A successful suit could result in a significant financial award compensating the victim for the losses they incurred because of the negligence.
If you believe you have a claim, the first step is contacting an experienced Chicago maternal injury attorney. A lawyer can evaluate your case, provide you with options, and design a personalized legal strategy around your unique objectives.
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