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Pitocin is not oxytocin

Pitocin is not oxytocin.

Pitocin is not oxytocin.

Pitocin is not oxytocin.


Pitocin is a drug made synthetically (outside the body) that mimics the effects of oxytocin when given to the birthing person intravenously.


Pitocin, when used to induce labor, tends to create “jackhammer contractions” because it is administered via a continuous drip IV that does not simulate the pulse of natural oxytocin production. These intense contractions can overstimulate the uterus, stress the baby and require interventions such as a cesarean.


Oxytocin Triggers The Endorphin Effect. Oxytocin is responsible for signaling contractions of the womb during labor. The hormone stimulates the uterine muscles to contract, so labor begins.


What are some ways you've produced oxytocin during your birth? How has your birth team helped you increase your oxytocin during your birth?



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