Contractions are vital to the birth of a baby. They cause the cervix to dilate, while helping the baby descend into the birth canal for a safe delivery. Pitocin, the synthetic drug that simulates the natural hormone oxytocin, is often used to artificially induce labor by causing and strengthening contractions. However, a common side effect that most women getting induced are unaware of is excessive uterine activity that can harm the baby.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 10,000 babies born every year end up with cerebral palsy. Negligent actions by doctors or nurses account for many of these cases. Even though prenatal care has improved over the years, North Carolina children who develop cerebral palsy may face a great deal of difficulty in life, such as a lifelong need for medical and personal care.