I am a midwife, childbirth educator, lecturer, doula, and natural mother of eight children. This is not a medical reference; I do not proclaim to give medical advice. Anything stated here is from personal experience, research, study, and opinion. Each woman has the responsibility to do her own research, consult with her own medical team, and make her own decisions about pregnancy and birth.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Baby number five...Pitocin, never again!

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
Rayan's Birth Story
Clovis, California
March 19, 2003

If I knew then what I know now, I would not have consented to Pitocin (a medication administered intravenously to induce or speed labor).  Dr. Bradley was quoted as saying, "A good obstetrician has been defined as one equipped with a broad rear end and the good sense to sit calmly on it and let nature take its course."  Unfortunately, too many labors are rushed and c-sections performed due to the impatience of doctors.  The only good thing is that as a childbirth class teacher, I can talk about Pitocin from personal experience.

I hope you enjoy reading these birth stories.  Please let me know if you'd like to share yours. Now on to the story...Baby number five...Pitocin, never again!...

As with the other four pregnancies, I worked up until I delivered Rayan. In fact, my water
broke at home at about 4:00 a.m. and I still went to work at 8:30. I worked hard to finish
up all my duties, knowing that I would be quitting forever after delivering this baby.

At 9:00 a.m. I called my doctor and spoke to the nurse. I told her that my water had
broken at four but I really wasn't experiencing any pain. She asked if I could come in at

1:00 to see the doctor. I said sure and continued to work.

At noon I drove home to get my husband. We went together to the doctor. He checked
me and confirmed that I was dilated to "five." He called the hospital to announce my
admittance and said he'd meet me there later.

We walked the short distance to the hospital and checked in. I wore the fetal monitors
without complaint. I was feeling very little pain and the monitors were not bothering me.
The nurse asked me several times to rate my pain on a scale of one to ten. "Zero," I'd
answer, "in fact, I'm not sure if I'm having contractions or not."

"Oh, you're spiking all right," she replied as she watched the monitor. "We have women
screaming for epidurals at these peaks!"

"I don't feel much," I said.

The doctor came to see me after his office shift. He said that I hadn't progressed much
from the time he checked me in his office. He was concerned because my water had
broken over twelve hours earlier.

He used a hook to "finish" off the bag of waters. After an hour there was still no change in
my condition, and I was still not feeling any pain. He was becoming more concerned and
pressing to start a Pitosin drip to "help things along." I refused.

Finally by 11:30 p.m. he told me that if I didn't have this baby soon he'd have to take him
by C-section. I reluctantly agreed to the Pitosin. The nurse set up the IV and
programmed the dosage. The drip started and so did the contractions! They came on
hard and fast. I went from absolutely no pain to unbearable pains, one on top of the other.

Within ten minutes I had delivered the head. I immediately turned to the nurse and yelled,
"Turn it off!"

I was glad the birth was over. Even though the pains didn’t last long, they came on so
unnaturally fast that it was a horrible experience. I was glad to hear, once again, that I
had not torn and there would be no need for stitches.

Both baby and I were released to go home the next afternoon. Rayan nursed for twenty-
six months before weaning himself...and on to the next birth story...


  1. When I was in labor, they gave me pitocin because I was stuck at 5cm dilation. It slowed down the baby's heart rate so they had to shut it off. The midwife told me that if I didn't dilate any further, they would have to do a C-section. Gas and air is what helped me relax and caused me to continue dilating alhamdulillah. Insha'Allah pitocin will never be injected in me again!

  2. Asalam Alaikum, Tara,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this story.

    I pray you find yourself pregnant again soon and may Allah make your next birth easy and may you never have to suffer with Pitocin again, Ameen!

    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom

  3. Wa alaikum salam wa rahmtullah Aisha,

    You're welcome. Insha'Allah ameen!

  4. the dates bring more easy labor and pain thou,i have tried this mashAllah,especially rutob..Allahu aleem.. :)

  5. Salam Alaikum, Chantokun,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Masha'Allah, the story of Maryam in the Quran, when she bore Jesus, is an excellent example of dates for labor. I always teach my expectant mom's to eat dates in labor, it provides the energy they need at this time, subhanallah.

    Best regards,

    -Aisha, Natural Mom

  6. I had pitocin with my first child. Alhamdulilah it wen easily and smoothly for me. Three hours of hard labor, 10 minutes of pushing and she was born. After that I decided I always wanted to be induced bc it was fast. lol Alhamdulilah I learned more by the time my 2nd was born 2 years later.

  7. UmmuYahya SultaanahMarch 22, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    Assalaamu alaik sis :) the last part of your birth sounds ALOT like my last one (#4) where the pain was so hard and fast! But i had no Pitocin, it was all natural Alhamdulillaah. It was only 2 hours pf labour....a HUGE difference from my last one which was 9 hours!!! SubhaanAllaah.
    But i feel your pain sis :( I didnt know how to handle it at all SubhaanAllaah, but Alhamdulillaah a nurse was helping me all the way through each and every contraction :) She is Iranian....speaking about her, i should go look for her and say thank you. Also i was only 9 cm dilated and had the urge to push. The nurse was asking me not to push but same time the doc walked in, heard her and said, "If she feels to push then don't stop her, she's already there!" Alhamdulillaah!