Am so very relieved that your beloved mare is well and all of this conjecture was ultimately, for naught!
To the few folks who mentioned the various different applications for Oxytocin in the horse/animal world & seemed to be somewhat insulting to nurses in general (one our two posters briefly), I believe I very clearly started my qualifications, or rather, LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS in regard to horse reproduction, as well as the fact that despite my FOUR year (BSN) Registered Nursing degree (not one I "picked up as anyone-apparently-can, in two years at a community college"), PLUS 15+ years of acute care experience and 6+ of which in L&D, I never recommended Cowgirl DO ANYTHING WITH THE DRUG, rather, I pointed out (for her PIECE OF MIND ONLY, AT A TIME WHEN SHE MADE IT CLEAR SHE WOULD JUST BE SITTING THERE WORRYING AS NO VET WOULD BE ARRIVING IMMEDIATELY) that most of the time WITH HUMAN MOTHERS, the oxytocin has passed it's effective point shortly after birthing.
As well, I told her that (again, IN HUMANS!) there is a large volume of blood loss with retained placenta, thus, "IF" horses are in any way similar, she would "probably" have seen such.
I never advised her as to what she should give, med-wise, and rather, again, I advised she NOT GIVE OXYTOCIN, for the reasons I mentioned in my post which COULD HAVE BEEN THE SAME FOR HORSES AS HUMANS, THOUGH I MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT I could not advise her as to that, only as to what "might be" & some things she "could check for", since her options at that point were limited, and I hated the thought of her sitting there panicking in light of no other choice by that time!
I was trying to ease her mind while also giving her some productive things to think about and check for. I really hope that the harsh criticism posts aimed at nurses and such were not directed at me, as I do not believe I could have qualified myself any moreso than I did when giving her the info I gave...as well, I certainly NEVER TOLD HER to administer ANY DRUG to her mare, not would I have, not being a Veterinarian!
The LAST thing I need (our anyone needs, I imagine!) is a dead or injured mare/foal on their conscience, and advice about giving meds (& not simply a basic info session on what certain meds are and are not used for, generally speaking) MUST BE LEFT TO MDs & vets, period.
I just felt I needed to clear the air on that one, as I was truly trying to help her, and do not feel I misled her our did anything outside of my scope of practice OR experience. I had a hard time discerning if folks were indicating I had overstepped, or if the posters being referred to were some other than myself, as no names were used.
By the way, thank you to the Mod (now I forget YOUR name, I'm sorry!) Who filled me and everyone else in on what oxytocin can be used for in the HORSE WORLD...very good/interesting info! That is further reason to never give human drugs to animals, thinking they will do the same things without vet advice, as I never knew oxytocin would be used on a non-pregnant/post-pregnancy animal uterus, for example! That is what I love about this forum, ALL THE LEARNING I HAVE accomplished HERE! :0)
Again, sooo happy mom & baby are well, Cowgirl! Enjoy your "surprise package" now that things are calmer... :0)
"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"