UM met a beautiful and strong midwife yesterday who is part of a small group determined that the maternity community, both in the UK and across the world, takes a long, hard, critical look at the way syntocinon is used to induce or augment labour.
This group have looked hard at the drug insert and what Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the main manufacturer of the syntocinon in use for labour acceleration, says, and have discovered that a huge proportion of women and their unborn babies are being subjected to off-licensed dosages, with potentially adverse consequences in birth experience and outcome. They are determined to bring this to the attention of professionals, the public, and policy-makers.
Their website (still under construction in some areas) is here: https://oxytocinmeasures.com/ and they also can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100015746618208 The website has a facility to sign up for updates on their work.
The group aim to produce information for women and professionals so that consent to induction can be informed consent. Given the crudity of 21st century induction of labour techniques, having a group devoted to exploring this issue is a positive development.