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Triangles vs Rectangles

Did you know the difference in contractions when on Pitocin vs. off is actually crazy?

A normal contraction builds like a wave, peaks, and then wanes. Like a triangle.

A contraction on Pitocin is like a punch in the face: it starts and immediately shoots up to peaking before stopping. Like a rectangle.

Pitocin is oxytocin administered to induce labor by kickstarting those contractions. The downfall? Labor becomes highly uncomfortable and sometimes even unmanageable.

In a natural contraction, you can breathe through the build, the peak is shorter, and the waning is like a breath of fresh air.

With a Pitocin contraction you go from zero to "Get this out of me!" before you know it.

With everything, as a Doula, I believe in informed choice. You need to know what the risks of "routine" care are. With Pitocin you run the risk of putting stress on the baby* because your body doesn't get a real rest in between contractions! Interventions are more likely in this scenario.

Your labor is yours. Choose what is best for you! I support that. What is most important to me is that you are informed.

Your Doula,



Lothian JA. Saying “No” to Induction. J Perinat Educ. 2006 Spring;15(2):43–5. doi: 10.1624/105812406X107816. PMCID: PMC1595289.

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