The plastic revolution has had spectacular effects on maternity units. Today, when imagining a woman in labor, it is normal to visualize her with her arm connected to a plastic bag through a tube and with a catheter inserted in the epidural space.
Synthetic oxytocin perfusion is the most frequent obstetric intervention on five continents. Let us ask ourselves the appropriate questions:
- Why do modern women need substitutes for this natural hormone released by the posterior pituitary?
- Could this need be due to an altered oxytocic system?
- Why are the problems arising from the possible transfer of oxytocin across the placenta still an unexplored issue?
- What are the long-term effects of synthetic oxytocin in children?
- Why are genital dysfunctions becoming more common, and why are breastfeeding statistics not improving despite intense public health campaigns?
- Should we proclaim the end of induced childbirth?
- What will be the effects of a progressively weakened oxytocic system?
- Are we at the dawn of a new paradigm?