"Pit to Distress" is the term that is used in hospitals to describe the action of administering the highest possible dosage of Pitocin to a laboring woman, with the intention of deliberately distressing the fetus, so a C-section can be performed.
I first read about this phenomenon on Monday, via the wonderful blog, Keyboard Revolutionary. That is when mama, birth activist, and blogger, Jill, broke the news about "Pit to Distress" to the masses. Other blogs quickly picked up on the topic and it has since gone viral within the birth blogosphere.
I have been reeling all week as I continued to read shocking insights about this disturbing practice on various blogs, and I wanted to share the information with my readers. I encourage anyone who is considering a hospital birth, or who is concerned about the health and well-being of women and babies, to follow these eye-opening links:
Unnecesarean's super-informative follow-up to the original post at Keyboard Revolutionary. Followed by Part 2.
On Nursing Birth, a Labor and Delivery Nurse testifies to the all-too-real phenomenon of "Pit to Distress," and supplies mind-blowing examples of when she has seen it happen in her own personal experience on the job. Part 1 lays out the shocking facts of her experience, and part 2 supplies helpful information on how to protect yourself from such unnecessary and harmful interventions.
I hope you take a few minutes to read over the information in these assorted posts. Let me know what you think!