Quoting Oncemore:" "Pitocin is used to empty beds in the maternity wards faster, because an empty bed filled is more money. ... [snip!] ... someone for being ill informed is just as bad an offense. I've seen every castor oil post turn over to TDC except mine.. "
The BIG difference is that you cannot administer pitocin YOURSELF. Your doctor has to do it. That makes all the difference. I doubt ANYONE on here would care if a doctor in an office, monitoring the mother the whole time, gave the mother a regulated dose of castor oil, to attempt to jump start labor.
It's the unsafe method of doing it at home, and going by random advice found on the internet to determine the amount to take that gets most people. My midwife believed in Castor oil AFTER 42 weeks. Because by then, the baby is definitely matured and something is off and not starting it naturally.
There's a big difference when the mother is only 38 weeks. Due dates can be off in either direction by 2 weeks. You could be forcing a preemie out, and no one wants that for anyone.
Do you at least see where I'm coming from and what the difference is? At least in the hospital, something can be done if the worse DOES happen. What would someone do if they delivered a baby that couldn't breath because it breathed it's meconium at home, because the mom wanted the baby out and took Castor oil? I'm going to guess that baby would have a good chance of passing away, since it's be born with a serious problem. Where if the mom had done the same thing in the hospital, they have the tools to save it.
There IS a difference.