Epidurals

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Epidurals

Contrary to popular belief, epidurals can result in the following:

  • a slowdown of labor requiring additional drugs to speed things up
  • a drop in the mother’s blood pressure with life-threatening consequences for both the mother and the baby
  • the elimination of the pleasurable sensations of birth, some may argue that it is not truly ‘pleasureable’.
  • unresponsiveness of both the mother and the baby after the birth
  • inability of the mother to push the baby out resulting in a forceps delivery
  • head and neck aches for the mother that may last several weeks
  • breathing and sucking difficulties for the baby
  • dulling of the mind and the body resulting in the inability of the mother and the baby to bond after birth
  • vomiting and inhaling of the fluids resulting in death for the mother
  • impaired muscular, visual and neural development of the baby • permanent brain damage and mental retardation of the baby
  • permanent paralysis of the mother
  • infant death

The routine administering of Pitocin and epidural anesthesia is directly responsible for many of the “complications” women in the hospital experience. The C-section rate in this country is high not because vaginal birth is inherently dangerous or difficult. It is high because birth is not designed to be medically managed. If you’re looking for pain relief: laugh, kiss, love, move, or pray. Pitocin “A sort of chemical ‘combination lock’ starts labor. Everything has to be lined up just right to ‘unlock’ a good labor pattern. When we interfere with that, it can be as frustrating as using the wrong combination of numbers to open a locked safe.” – Gail Hart What most women don’t realize is that Pitocin is not only unnecessary, it’s potentially dangerous. Doris Haire writes in her article, “Update on Obstetric Drugs and Procedures: Their Effects on Maternal and Infant Outcome,” (Birth Gazette 13:1, 1996) the American manufacturer of Pitocin points out in its package insert that oxytocin can cause:

  • a) maternal hypertensive episodes,
  • b) cardiac arrhythmias,
  • c) uterine spasm,
  • d) titanic contraction,
  • e) uterine rupture,
  • f) subarachnoid hemorrhage,
  • g) water intoxication,
  • h) convulsions,
  • I) coma,
  • j) pelvic hemotoma,
  • k) postpartum hemorrhage,
  • l) afibrinogenemia, and
  • m) fetal death.

Uterine stimulants that foreshorten the oxygen-replenishing intervals between contractions by making the contractions too long, too strong, or too close together increase the likelihood that fetal brain cells will die. The situation is somewhat analogous to holding an infant under the surface of the water, allowing the infant to come to the surface to gasp for air but not to breathe. It’s no wonder that so many babies in the hospital are determined to be in distress. They’re literally suffocating. Pitocin-induced contractions are often extremely painful. Most women who receive it end up getting an epidural, even if they had previously decided on a natural birth.

Dr. Tom Kelly
12100 Macleod Trail SE #214, Calgary, AB T2J 7G9
Phone: 403-278-7876

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Mon:  8am-12noon, 3pm-7pm
Tues:  3pm-7pm
Wed:  8am-12noon, 3pm-7pm
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Sat:  9am-12noon
Sun:  Closed

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Mon:  8am-12noon, 3pm-7pm
Tues:  3pm-7pm
Wed:  8am-12noon, 3pm-7pm
Thur:  3pm-7pm
Fri:  8am-12noon
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