Pitocin May Have Adverse Effects on Newborn Babies, Beth Israel Medical Center Study

Published: May 08, 2013

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New preliminary research raises concerns that Pitocin, a synthetic branded version of the natural hormone oxytocin that is commonly used to induce pregnant woman into labor, may not be as safe for newborn babies as previously assumed. The study finds a link between Pitocin-induced infant deliveries and adverse short-term health effects like lower Apgar scores, which test a newborn's physical condition immediately after birth.

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