- Induced labor does not
increase risk for autism spectrum disorders
- Risk of autism
should not interfere with the decision to induce labor
is a developmental disorder that affects many children
and is characterized by
- Language acquisition
- Impairment in social interaction
conducted on autism reveal that
- 1 in 68 children in the U.S is
found to be affected with autism.
- 1 in 38 children in India
is affected with autism.
- Boys are 4.5 times more likely to
have autism than girls.
child requires patience and support through the growing years and there are
and training programs that help a parent look after the
autistic child. However, a new study has shown that inducing labor will not
increase the risk for autism.
‘Risk of autism should not affect medical decision to induce labor.’
to inducing labor
when labor does not start on its own
and when waiting for natural labor could affect the health of the unborn child.
The various methods of inducing labor are
Study Shows Induction Of Labor Increases Risk Of Autism
An earlier study
by Simon G. Gregory and published in JAMA in 2013 carried out a
population-based study on 625,042 births in North Carolina and their subsequent
school records to ascertain if they had autism.
The study found
- 1.3% of male children had autism
of female children had autism
authors of the study concluded that the induction of labor drastically reduced
stillbirth among women with high sugar levels or high blood pressure, there
existed a risk factor that increased chances of autism.
gathered popularity as it hypothesized that eliminating induction of labor
could remove 2 autism cases for every 1000 births.
Study Shows No Increase In Risk Of Autism On Inducing Labor
study was carried out by Harvard Chan School researchers, Sweden's Karolinska
Institute and Karolinska University Hospital, Indiana University and Harvard
Medical University. They studied one million live births during the year 2013
and followed up the births by checking for the presence of neurological
The study found
- 2% of study population were
diagnosed with autism
- 11% of the deliveries were induced,
with pregnancy complications that included
of the induced labor cases were post term
researchers studied induced labor and then followed up with assessing the
development of the baby, they found an association between induced labor and
risk of autism.
studied the effect of induced labor on siblings, where one child was born after
inducing labor while the other child wasn't. There was no association
Dr Anna Sara
Oberg who is the lead author of the study and a research fellow in the
Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School cautions that "It is
important to note that the findings pertain to the risks associated with labor
induction per se, and not the specific method or medication used in the
process, including oxytocin,"
- Anna Sara Oberg, Brian M.
D'Onofrio, Martin E. Rickert, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Jeffrey L. Ecker, Catarina
Almqvist, Henrik Larsson, Paul Lichtenstein, Brian T. Bateman. Association of
Labor Induction With Offspring Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders. JAMA
Pediatrics, 2016; e160965 DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0965
G. Gregory, Rebecca Anthopolos,Claire E. Osgood, Chad A. Grotegut, Marie Lynn
Miranda. Association of Autism With Induced or Augmented Childbirth in North
Carolina Birth Record (1990-1998) and Education Research (1997-2007) Databases.
JAMA Pediatrics, 2013 DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2904
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