“Oxytocin and Fetal Heart Rate Changes”
The reported risk of nonreassuring fetal heart trace following neuraxial analgesia is 3-23%. This variability may be due to fluid and oxytocin management prior to and during the initiation of neuraxial analgesia. The study hypothesis is that decreasing the oxytocin infusion rate by 50 % prior to initiation of combined spinal epidural analgesia will cause a reduction in the incidence of adverse fetal heart rate changes.
Drug - Half dose Oxytocin
Patients randomized to the half dose oxytocin group will have the oxytocin infusion reduced to 50 % prior to placement of combined spinal epidural for labor analgesia
A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effect of the Oxytocin Infusion Rate on Fetal Heart Rate Changes and Maternal-Fetal Outcomes During the Initiation of Combined Spinal-Epidural Labor Analgesia