RCMP are investigating up to 120 emergency c-sections at the Moncton Hospital, after several women were given the labour-inducing drug Oxytocin (Pitocin) without their consent.
IV bags that were given to pregnant women were found to have small puncture holes, and contained traces of Oxytocin. Some of the women required emergency intervention after receiving the drug.
Oxytocin is used to speed up labour but has to be used under careful supervision. Its potential side effects include tearing of the uterus, slowing the baby’s heart rate, or even a retinal hemorrhage in the baby’s eyes.
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