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New study reports baby boys who were born after induction or labor augmentation may have higher risk of autism spectrum disorder.

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New study reports baby boys who were born after induction or labor augmentation may have higher risk of autism spectrum disorder.

I wanted to point this news article out to you. While, it raises some important questions, there is no doubt that labor induction or augmentation is necessary in certain cases. What do you think?
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/12/us-inducing-autism-idUSBRE97B0S620130812

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  1. I have known a couple of women who requested to be induced at a certain time for their own personal reasons (such as a mother in town, etc). More commonly I see OB’s schedule inductions to fit the delivery into their busy schedule rather than for the true medical benefit of the mom or baby. Definitely raises some interesting questions. Remember moms, it’s your job to advocate for the health of your child when making these types of decisions!

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  2. My doctor induced me for what seemed like not a very good reason (I suspect it was for his convenience). Being my first pregnancy, I felt like I had to go along with whatever the doctor said. I might have spoken up and asked not to be induced if I had known about this study then.

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  3. I luckily avoided induction by about 24 hours! My son graciously decided he was ready the day before I was set to be induced. I did argue with my OB almost my entire pregnancy about not wanting to be induced, but since I’m diabetic, I suspect it probably was more for medical reasons than convenience for my OB. But I still didn’t want it! 🙂

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