A new study, which is the largest of its kind, links autism to induced labor.
The study suggest that labor-inducing drugs and problems that force doctors to induce labor, might be responsible for autism. While the study doesn’t claim that these are indeed the causes, it does provide strong evidence. The study tracked the births of over 625,000 children in North Carolina from 1990 to 2008. 170,000 of these birth included induced labor. 5,648 children developed autism. The study found that one-third of boys that had autism were born from an induced labor. This is three times higher than girls with autism that were born through induced labor, reports the Associated Press.
“The results don’t dictate there be any change in any clinical practices surrounding birth. The dangers to the mothers and the infants by not inducting or augmenting far outweigh the elevated risk for development of autism.” Simon Gregory, an associate professor of medicine and medical genetics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, told Bloomberg.