Thursday, July 31, 2008

More Evidence of the Dangers of Cytotec

More Dangers of Cytotec

More evidence is mounting that Cytotec should not be given during pregnancy. The above article references the dangers of administering Cytotec vaginally as part of a medical abortion.

A link was seen between this method of administration and the contraction of dangerous infections.

While the article doesn't reference the off-label use of Cytotec for labor induction, according to the findings reported, women who receive Cytotec vaginally to induce labor may also be at risk of contracting similar infections.

I sincerely hope someone chooses to investigate if such a link also exists in terms of vaginal administration of Cytotec for labor induction.

Despite the fact that both G.D. Searle, the drug's manufacturer, and the FDA issued statements discouraging the practice of using Cytotec off-label for labor induction, its practice is still performed by doctors who choose to make non evidence-based decisions with regard to their patient's care.

In fact, most women who received Cytotec at some point during childbirth (either for induction or to halt post-partum bleeding) have no idea unless they request their medical records.

It's major appeal lies in the fact that it's cheap and readily accessible - two reasons that wouldn't be enough for me to give consent for it.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Benefits of Complementary Therapies During Childbirth

Women Benefit from Complementary Therapies During Childbirth

It's so refreshing to see natural methods for assisting childbirth being pursued, and in a hospital no less!

If you haven't checked out the article, two hospitals in Gloucestershire are providing natural therapies for labor support and comfort, including essentials oils, massage, and have actually provided trained staff to implement the program. In addition, these options are presented in pre-natal visits, so women are more aware of their options before labor arrives.

The most encouraging aspect in my mind is summed up nicely in this quote:

Some women say it's just like going to a spa rather than being in a clinical environment."

This statement represents a huge shift in the way most women think about childbirth. Just shifting a woman's perception about childbirth is a very powerful factor in how well her birth experience will progress. Women with negative perceptions about childbirth are already at a higher risk of complications due to the effect that mental and emotional stress can have on labor.

I'll be anxious to read their research once it's published. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come....

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