I had a shot of Pitocin after delivering my son, to help with delivery of the placenta. I have little-to-no recollection of this. In fact, when I read the hospital delivery summary a few days after the birth, I was very surprised & confused to read Pitocin on there. Because my labor was long and I stalled at 9cm for 2.5 hours there was talk of eventually using Pitocin, but that turned out not to be necessary. When I explained that to the nurse, she suggested perhaps the m/w placed the order for the drug, but never had it filled, yet it still showed up on the delivery summary. It finally was explained to me by another midwife within the practice, that it was most likely used to help deliver the placenta. Something about it being used sometimes after long labors and with exhausted moms. That prompted a very vague recollection of some words uttered by my m/w, and a shot (I don't fault her for my vague recollection, I fault my extremely exhausted brain and being distracted by my new son and the euphoria of the birth).
I didn't ask my m/w about it at my post-partum checkup, and I haven't seen her since...but I will see her at my next prenatal appt, and I intend to ask at that time. I would like to know under what circumstances Pitocin is given.
So, all this time I've been saying I had a natural/med-free birth...am I a fraud b/c I did have Pitocin to help with the placenta? I'm curious what the general feeling is about this.