“If you have to be induced, you will end up with an epidural, which will stop your labor. Then they will need to increase the Pitocin and you will end up with a c-section.”
“Don’t let them break your water because you will end up with a c-section.”
“If you get Pitocin, your baby will be in distress and you will end up with a c-section.”
Many people believe that because something is natural, it is somehow better or safer than the medical alternative. At the end of pregnancy, a lot of people start turning to Google to ask, ‘how do I get labor started naturally?’ and ‘how can I increase my contractions naturally?’
A common misconception among doulas and birthing families is that Pitocin is the enemy and to be avoided at all costs.
Oxytocin: a hormone produced in the hypothalamus and transported to and secreted by the pituitary gland. It is released during sex, childbirth, and lactation. In labor, it is causes the uterus to contract.
Pitocin: a synthetic version of Oxytoxin used to start or strengthen labor contractions during childbirth and control bleeding after childbirth
We’ve made a lot of progress over the years for getting women and birthing individuals more power and choices around how they have babies. There is still more room for improvement. We can expect to cover more ground, particularly with consumer feedback and choice of facility and care by growing families.
For a while now, supporters of natural birth as a movement have been quoting a particular study about doulas. The study suggests doulas have measurable impact on perceived pain in labor, over all satisfaction, length of labor, as well as use of epidurals, Pitocin, and cesarean birth.
We’re doulas. We absolutely believe we are capable of elevating your birth experience. We’ve seen first hand our ability to help our clients cope with discomfort and provide them with the agenda-less encouragement that super-charges their confidence. What we take pause over is the frequent suggestion that we can prevent certain practices and outcomes during your birth.