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Study: Medically Induced Labor Does Not Lead to Increased Diagnosis of Autism

Autism KidIt has long been theorized that the process of inducing a woman’s labor by administering such drugs as oxytocin medication, trade name, Pitocin, may moderately increase a child’s chances of being diagnosed later in life as autistic.  

Scholarly Studies

A 2013 article published by Autism Speaks, the premiere nonprofit dedicated to serving the autistic community, sourced a 2013 study conducted by researchers at Duke University and the University of Michigan who matched the medical records of over 625,000 births who later experienced autism as per documented school records. The study also noted, that boys whose mothers who had experienced a medically induced labor were more at risk of autism by 35 percent of those who had experienced natural labor. This 2013 study was published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) but was received with some trepidation as the findings did not prove cause and effect as many researchers concluded that unidentified factors may also be at play.

Now, two years later, Autism Speaks released reassuring findings that there is no increased risk of autism during oxytocin-induced labor as previously believed.Medical researchers from the University of Utah presented their study results at the Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (San Diego, California) and believe that although some caution should be implemented, the study appears promising as the findings represent a very large population study. As published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, or AJOG, the Utah research team results concluded that only one in 75 children who were medically-induced presented with Autism in comparison to those born during natural labor.

Birth-Related Injuries

Although many more studies on this debate may lie on the horizon, there are more types of medical malpractice associated with childbirth. Instances of medical incompetence during childbirth can result in fetal or maternal death, birth injury or defects, brain damage and cerebral palsy. Not surprisingly, the rate of medical malpractice cases associated with childbirth are numerous.

If you believe your child has been a victim of medical malpractice during the birthing experience, contact the experienced San Jose medical malpractice attorneys of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. Our legal team will explore the four main components of determining medical malpractice in regard to your situation. Contact our office today at (408) 289-1417.

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