Picture it. It is after midnight on Sunday at a 400 bed medical facility that professes to be “one of the busiest maternity hospitals” in the county. You are in labor with your husband by your side as you arrive on the OB ward to be admitted per the instructions of your OB GYN physician who has called ahead and is meeting you there. Settled into the “Labor, Delivery, and Recovery Suites”, nature’s course has slowed and your physician has ordered an IV infusion of Pitocin, a drug which induces or augments contractions and labor. And the drug is working.
As luck would have it there is another woman down the hall whose labor is not going well. Your doctor is also her physician and she needs an emergency c-section to save the life of her child. So off he or she goes to perform the emergency surgery … (Continued…)