The Catalyst of To Risk

The good news is that after two decades of increasing rates of full-term induced labor, doubling for that period of time where now one in four deliveries are induced, the numbers are starting to turn by a whopping .4 percent.

In 2013, new studies raised concerns that using pitocin to induce labor had more risks and adverse affects than originally determined. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reported that the use of pitocin/oxytocin may not be as safe as originally thought.

When an automaker determined their airbag systems to harm or kill infants who were properly restrained in their cars’ front seats, there was a massive recall. When the OB community makes a similar determination dealing with a widely accepted practice that enables managed care, they say, “…we don’t want to discourage the use of Pitocin, but simply want a more systematic and conscientious approach to the indications for its use,” said Michael S. Tsimis, MD, the primary researcher on the effects of pitocin/oxytocin for the ACOG study.

That’s the bad news and yet no one is talking about this. To Risk was written to start a conversation, or at least raise some awareness. It was written first as a screenplay that went on to get some recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and some interest from a production company, but they wanted to bring the story into a more PG-13 context, and I refused.

I started to adapt it to a novel about three years ago, and the posting here on ImNoSaint is its fourth re-write. Ian’s story with his daughter Virginia is auto-biographical. The other cases in the novel are true as well.

To Risk addresses other concerns as well; high-content cultures and religion, depression and suicide in women, and of course, what some are willing to risk for the fleeting idea of justice.

It’s not an enjoyable book. I’m hoping it’s a page-turner though, compelling enough to at least drive you through the story and meet the characters based on those who endured the convenience of induced labor and survived its consequences.

You can read To Risk on this blog, or I’d be glad to send you files compatible with iBooks and Kindle distribution. If you’re sharing this with a book club, I’d be glad to visit for a discussion, and I’m happy to receive your comments and talk about the book here.


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