How many asd children had lack of oxygen at birth or difficult birth?

Elanor - posted on 12/29/2009 ( 170 moms have responded )

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With my first son his birth was quite difficult, I was pushing for 3.5 hours, the heart rate went down and they wanted to ventouse, I did manage to deliver naturally. I have recently read there may be a link between Aspergersand lack of oxygen at birth.

Also my son didn't cry at birth. My 2nd son's birth was completely different. What was your ASD childs birth like?

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Cristy - posted on 04/06/2010

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My son had a lack of oxygen at birth. The cord was around his neck twice. His heart rate kept going down almost had a c-section but he finally came out. They even have to use the vacuum suction on his head to help pull him out. He was on oxygen for several hours in the special care nursery. My mom wonders if this isnt what cause his autism.

Tammy - posted on 02/17/2010

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i find this very interesting cause i have often wondered this my labour was horrible i went into hospital cause my blood pressure was so high it was pre eclampsia for the third time couldnt see proberly so they decided to induce me i was gettin mild contractions for hours then i felt terrible shaking and kept saying somethings wrong they told me nothings wrong and realised they had dehydrated me so put me on a drip after bout 10hours they hadnt let me eat i only had the one drip of fluid i was totally exhausted i was told we ll try tomorrow so i sat up and low and behold my water broke the gave me an epidural and i rested then all of a sudden i sat up and looked at the moniter and his heart rate had dropped to round 69 very fast i couldnt push i was still numb so they had to get fauceps he to didnt breathe when he came out but after a little he did and was given the all clear he has apergers as well and i have often said i wonder if the labour had anything to do with it or my pre eclampsia

Michelle - posted on 01/16/2010

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Wow - this was totally my daughter's birth. Her heart rate decelerated so they basically pulled her out.

She cried at birth, but not a lot and when they placed her on my chest she just looked at me and it felt kind of strange.

Later on she cried a lot, she was difficult to console, she had sensory disorder & speeck problems long before they finally diagnosed PDD.

I have wondered too if there could be a link.

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I had a "textbook" pregnancy. I was looking like I was dialating at 20 weeks. I had to have ultrasound every week for 8 weeks. Turns out my cervix is like a venus fly trap. lol. Anyhow, never a minute of hypertension the entire pregnancy. I was getting toxic however three weeks before my due date. He was fully developed, so we went in to induce. I was diagnosed that day with preeclampsia. Wo! what a shock. It all went south from there. I was on the fetal mon itor. Then they were having trouble keeping his HB on it, so they tried the internal monitor on his head, 5 times. She could not get it to stay. He has scars to this day from that thing. Anyhow, I was put on magnesium for the HBP, and therefore my pressure dropped and so did his. They had already given my epidural, and now they want me up on all fours to try to move him around. Yeah OK. Anyhow, long story short, we had to do STAT c- section. And he was absolutely perfect! However, diagnosed with Asperger;s at 2&1/2. Now since, he's diagnosed ADD & ODD. And it's been hell the whole way.

Sue - posted on 01/18/2010

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There is now a new brain scan that can detect Autism in the brains of infants and they are hoping that it can be cost effective enough to be used on every baby to diagnose any form of Autism and thus get the proper therapy started on these children before language or non verbal problems etc start. This is one step closer to verifying that it is a genetic disorder.



I wish these scans were available 8 yrs ago when my gr.son was born. As a baby he was inconsolable, didnt like to be held etc. Slow talker but then suddenly had a vocabulary like a professor by 3yrs. He suffers intense long lasting anger/meldowns, anxiety,and OCD thrown in the mix...He was diagnosed at 6 with ASD. I have had custody since he was 2 and find it very stressful and trying to say the least. Anyone else feel overwhelmed at times?

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Katie - posted on 10/08/2011

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My son had a hard birth I was in labor for 4 hours and he was stuck in the birth canal and finally after trying to push for 4 hours they gave me an emerency c-section. I was put under with gas because they couldn't give me any more pain meds. and I felt them doing everything. He was a big baby too 9lbs 7oz. and he came out not breathing and they gave him oxygen and then he was screaming. I was told this the day after since I was put under and I had no idea what was happen. I also heard this could be a link too. My second child was a easier I did have a c-section (plan one with her) I didnt want to go through that again and she was a big baby too 10 lbs 4.8 oz and she is fine came out screaming.

Rebecca - posted on 10/07/2011

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WOW! This thread could be a researchers dream.
I see SO many similarities between my son and many of the other child talked about in this thread. Markie was born at 33.6 weeks because of a low Bio-physical profile score. He had middle of the road APGARS and was on a nasal canula for a few days. He had a seizure at less then one day old. Because of this he had to have an MRI and 3 eeg's; one the day of the seizure, one 3 weeks after the surgery and a 3rd at six months. All of the eeg's came back with abnormal brain waves/activity. Marcus also was one of those children that would scream, cry during his sleep and be unconsolable. He had a few occurances of apnea in the NICU but nothing really after he came home. He was diagnosed with an ASD last December but we were told that because of his age, she could not tell us where he was on the spectrum and that when he was reassessed in 2-3 years they would know better then.
We first REALLY noticed something was wrong when he stopped using sentencees at 14 months and went back to saying only single words. Coincidentally at the same time is when he first started having trouble with his ears. He now has tubes and that seemed to help his speech a little bit.

Kelly - posted on 10/05/2011

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my sons birth was that bad he was born at 35 weeks and weight was 5lb 6oz but he did suffer with resportery problem from the age of 3 months was told he had a low imune system but my daughter was born a 36 weeks by class a c section due to platceta privia grage 4 has i hemorage twice and they felt due to the sencond hemorage they had to deliver her i notice at around the age of 2months she had distonic postering of her limbs and start to get her assessed she has autism plus severe learning problems to but there was a little boy born to days before her and they were under same curcumstances and he has had a diagnosis the same has my little girl and his mum thinks the it my have something to do with the birth

Barbara - posted on 10/03/2011

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My son, now 12 yrs old, is suspected ASD. Never thought of the connection, but these stories are eerily similar to his birth. I was induced on his due date due to my taking steroids to bring up my platelet count. They began pitocin at 6 am. 13 hours later I had only progressed to 3 cm so they stopped the drip to "let me rest" and started again at 6 am the next morning. By 10 am I was begging for pain meds and they gave me (sorry I can't remember what it's called) a mild one, but all I did was sleep in between contractions. At about noon they broke my water and I asked for an epidural. After a day and a half of labor I was SO glad for the relief. He was finally born at 8:18 pm after only about 20 to 30 minutes of pushing. We discovered at birth that he had a cleft lip and palate (no US picked this up so it was a big shock to us all), and his O2 sats were low as well. They took him to NICU (without telling me!) As soon as I found out what was going on I made them wheel me down to him in the wheel chair. They had been unable to bring his oxygen levels up on their own at that point. When I arrived they handed me my son and his sats immediately jumped up to 100%!! The nurse was speechless! She later said she had never seen it happen before. He ended up staying 3 days in NICU and then came home. His first 3 years were very difficult. Several surgeries on his mouth, two bouts with RSV, 3 cases of pneumonia, and one time hospitalized due to dehydration. He was diagnosed asthmatic and had to take FIVE daily breathing treatments, and was later diagnosed with Celiac Disease as well. Amazingly once we started the gluten free diet ALL of his physical symptoms disappeared. We literally saw a difference OVER NIGHT!! Now, at the age of 12 he is an extremely healthy child, though his ASD seems to be worsening as we approach puberty.
My daughter on the other hand would have been a very quick and easy labor but she was wrapped in her UC. After 13 hours of laboring and counteracting the epidural (our heart rates and BP bottomed out) they had to use the suction cup to help me deliver her. She was born perfectly healthy and had no problem bouncing back from the difficult labor. She is now a perfectly healthy 11 year old with no signs of ASD or anything else.
On a side note- their father IS bi-polar, and depression runs in my family.

Rhiannon - posted on 04/10/2010

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My daughters delivery was very fast, like 10 min of pushing tops. They stoped me pushing as soon as the head was clear to asperate her very thoughly because my son (who is not autistic) had wet lungs at his birth, and they didn't want to have a repeat. Plus she needed time to turn on her own cause she was a big baby.

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I did hypnobirthing with my only child with ASD. It was the easiest, least stressful birth. His apgars were 9 and 9. I think there may be merit to the idea that children who are later found to have an ASD have a more difficult time being born if it's found that they tend to be late or bigger babies.

Marissa - posted on 04/09/2010

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My 2 year old was delivered through a c-section because I had HELLP syndrome. My 4 year old was delivered through a c-section because of a premature rupture of membranes with a twin pregnancy. My 2 year old has a genetic syndrome called 16p11.2 duplication syndrome. There is a higher risk of ASD with this syndrome so his diagnosis had nothing to do with his birth. We are going to be testing our 4 year old for the same syndrome.

Kate - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi. Interesting, I had not heard of the connection until now and.........My 4.5 year old (asd) had an ok delivery (very long but no distress) but stopped breathing at birth, had aponeas following and in NICU for 3 weeks because of poor breathing. I would love to know more!

Alecia - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son was born at 32 weeks due to a car accident...my placenta was torn to shreds and he definitely had oxygen deprivation before birth....I have wondered the same thing..how much his birth has to do with his Aspergers.

Amy - posted on 04/07/2010

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I didn't know about this. My son had his cord around his neck, and I wouldn't dilate for the longest time so he was kind of "stuck". He has a pretty mild case (usually) of PDD.

Sherrie - posted on 04/07/2010

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My ex-hubsand was in the military hospital at the time it was a night mare my son was born over labor day weekend my water broke at 12:15 P.M. and went to the hospital and at 2:00 p.m. and didn't have him until the next day at 12:15 p.m one doc wanted to do a c-section but wasn't up high enough so he called the one that was and he said I could wait they'de be back to work tomorrow he had a lack of oxygen at birth they also gave hep shots right away after they were born I have heard all military hospitals around that area born about the same time as my son got aspergers something about the shot being wrong or the people giving the shots messed up. So I do believe that the lack of oxygen at birth does pertain to aspergers or other lack of oxygen disorders.

Carol - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son has PDD-NOS, but is very close to Aspergers. I was hooked to a machine monitoring heartbeat, and during contractions the heartbeat would stop. The nurse told me it was because he wasn't getting oxygen during the contractions. I remember asking if this was a bad thing, and her, after stalling for quite awhile, saying yes. His head was very big and the dr. had to use a vacuum to get him out. The whole time we were in the hospital (1st 24 hours) he made little high pitched whining noises, all the time. No one could figure out why. It was like he was in terrible pain, and whimpering. He even did it in his sleep.

Tara - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son was diagnosed at a very young age- and YES, he was a very difficult labor!, and he had a lack of oxygen at birth (low heart rate and needed ventilation/help breathing) and ended up being an emergency C-Section. He was in the NICU for several weeks (I stayed too, though recieved nothing but a room; no food, no meds, no care for me). This is actually the first time I've heard the coorelation between lack of oxygen/difficult birth, versus Autism, ect.... Thank you for the information- now I have something else to search.... I really appreciate your post!!! If you have anymore information on this, I would love to see it. I hope things are going okay with you all. Take care and keep in touch?!? -Tara

Dree - posted on 03/01/2010

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Tim had a very easy normal birth. But for reasons still unknown he was born "blue". This was almost 15 yrs ago and apprarently his dr was an idiot. They told us he was blue from lack of oxygen. Put him on oxygen and all that good stuff. When after 30 minutes had passed he was still blue then did his dr finally take a better look. Tim was not blue...he was BRUISED. The entire left side of his face was a bruise from pushing!!!!!!!!!!!!

Annette - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son had the cord around his neck when he came out at birth and he didn't cry right away either

Tasha - posted on 02/28/2010

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also my son had to go back everyday for a week straight and have his billirubin levels checked due to severe jaundice as well. I have read all of these stories and it does seem that there is a link in hard deliveries and oxygen deprivation in ASD. I also forgot to mention which I have not seen on here yet. I had to see a perinatologist to have a "special sonogram" because they thought that my son might have had a disease that causes severe deformation. His sonogram at my regular OB of his head showed that he had extra fluid in his brain and it seemed to be off to one side. So they told me I had to go see a specialist, I asked if I could just go over there today....and he said NO. So I had to go home crying and wait for a week...the longest week ever to go to the specialist. I went into the room and laid on the cold table. He started the sono I just grabbed my husbands hand and started crying. It took a minute for me to get the guts to look at the screen but then I would just close my eyes and pray. He said that everything looked fine *WHEW* but that he had an enlarged magma. Which means he has a .0?? amount of extra fluid and it could cause him to have unexplained headaches when he get older and that it could possibly be hereditary.

Tasha - posted on 02/28/2010

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My first child's birth was a breeze compared to my second she was 8lbs 12 1/4 oz. My son I was induced with at 38 weeks. I was already dilated to a 2 when I went in for my scheduled induction. The doctor had the nurses start Pitocin at 8:30 a.m. and then had them break my water at 9:00a.m. I started having contractions and everything seemed to be going okay. The nurse came in for a vaginal check and then rushed out and brought some more nurses, they tried to say he had his arm up over his head and they had to "manually" move it. They will never convince me it wasn't his cord. Anyways, so I start contracting and then the doctor comes in and he is making me push, ( I have come to the conclusion he was trying to get me to deliver my son on his lunch break) because at 1p he was going to leave because I hadn't had him yet and the nurses told him he was not leaving me like this. He had to cancel his appointments for the whole day. My son had gotten stuck, they pinched off my pitocin line, they had me in every position imaginable. They thought they were going to do an emergency c- section. I remember standing up saying " is bleeding like this normal" and he said it is beginning to become a concern. I was bleeding horribly and so scared ( Forgot to add, I did this with no pain meds, my daughter came along so fast I didn't have a chance so I opted to have him natural with no drugs also.) So anyways he started using his fingers and pushing my cervix over my sons head and he is telling my to push I had been this way for several hours and I couldn't take anymore but he wouldn't do a c-section. So I tried and tried and he finally delivered him with vacuum assistance. The vacuum popped off his head and I started bawling and reached down because it was so loud I thought they ripped his head off. The doctor yelled at me and told me to move my hand. I remember bawling to my husband that I was so sorry that I couldn't do it. My son was finally born vacuum assisted face up at 7lbs 5 1/2 oz 19 1/2 in. at 2:43 p.m. He didn't cry right away, they took him over to the table for a few minutes and then I heard him crying, they let me hold him and then took him to the nursery. His head was severely bruised for more than a week. I stayed in the hospital for a day and a half. I have since been dealing with talking to the doctors and he is scheduled to go to an ASD clinic he is 5 years old now. I also have developed a lot of health problems since his birth, I cannot stay awake. I would literally pass out for about the first 6-8 months. So we are getting everything figured out slowly but surely. My son also has a "droopy eyelid" they call it, I believe it was caused by the doctors negligence with the vacuum as well. So I hope my story helps with this thread in figuring out if ASD and its similar developmental delays are caused by hard births/oxygen deprivation. Also I was 23 when I had my son.

Tammi - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son was 4 weeks early, on oxygen for a while after birth and has Asperger's. My water broke 8 weeks early and I was on bed rest in the hospital so he lacked amniotic fluid as well.

Patricia - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daughter who is 8 years old, was born 3 months early due to being strangled by the cord. Along with it being wrapped so tight around her neck, that is was going to explode. They told us, MY x and I that if we delivered her we took a BIG risk either way, and that it was a likley chance she would be profoundly retarted. Wich she is NOT. So I dont know, I recently heard this myself.

Natalie - posted on 02/26/2010

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My first child beign a boy with ADHD and ASPERGERS i had a normal birth having him in 3 hours and weighing in at 10lb 12oz which then went to icu for a couple of days as he swallowed fluid and was breathing to fast.

Natalie - posted on 02/26/2010

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My first child beign a boy with ADHD and ASPERGERS i had a normal birth having him in 3 hours and weighing in at 10lb 12oz which then went to icu for a couple of days as he swallowed fluid and was breathing to fast.

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With my first baby, I was admitted to the hospital directly from a prenatal appt. My bp was really high and there was protein in my pee. They wanted to monitor it. She had not yet dipped into the pelvis. 24 hours later they cath.d me and induced me. They had put an IV on the back of each of my hands, a bp cuff on my arm and later a monitor around my belly. At first it cramps wer mild; later after my water was broken, it got much worse. Since I had opted for no painkiller, I had to manage my breathing. This was a challenge since I had not been able to take the class. I moaned and cried from the pain. It took a nurse trained as a doula, to reach out to me through my pain, talking calmly, to help me focus on the breathing.



When I was dilated enough, they told me I needed to push. I didn't have the normal urge to push, so it was very hard to do. I had wanted to squat to push. That was hard to do since I was 280 with swollen ankles and feet. I squatted 10 times, and pushed 3 times each time. Finally, the Dr. slipped a hand inside, checking me, and told me the baby was at the cervix. (the baby had a lot of hair *grins*) I was so exhausted they had me lie back. They had to use a vacuum cup to assist me for the last pushes. A friend of mine who was there for the birth was observing and when I had pushed twice lying on the table she asked if that was the head she saw crowning. I heard that and pushed with all my might, even past the pain of my tearing (I didn't want an episiotomy). She cried when she first came out. I was so thrilled when she popped out, I had to reach down and touch her to make sure she was real. Everything looked fine; APGAR was normal. I wanted rooming in, so after they gave me a chance to rest in the LD room they brought her in her bassinet so I could see her. I was able to nurse her, after I figured out what "hold" to use. For me it was the football lol Anyway, from start to finish it was 19 1/2 hours. She was born at 7:14 pm, the day before Father's Day :)

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My daughter, first child, had oxygen problems at birth. Her cord was around her neck, we spent 2 hours pushing, and her Apgar scores were 5 and 9 (after oxygen admin.) Her behavior never matched the baby guides, but we perservered through the crying, night terrors and meltdowns, the trouble with transitions and sensory issues (anyone's child ever declared seasonally that "It's too green! It hurts my eyes!"? ; ), lack of eye contact, etc. She is so high-functioning academically that multiple counselors and psych folk have never diagnosed her issues to be Asperger's, PDI or anything else on the spectrum. She has worked out her social issues steadily over time to the point where she has a boyfriend, is successful in college dorm life and has her first job. So there is hope, despite all the ups & downs.

I've no doubt genetics play a role; her paternal grandfather is on the high functioning end of the spectrum, too, and I see some echoes in her dad. The oxygen-deprivation issue definitely needs further study, however, and I hope one day we'll have answers that help our kids and their kids understand, manage and/or prevent ASD problems.

K. Erin - posted on 02/22/2010

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my son had his cord wrapped around his neck...induced labor and then c-section due to the cord...was born bright blue...in the diagnosis process for Asperger's Syndrome.

Amy - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son was born @ 40 weeks. THe labor was normal but I "stalled" at 9cm. The doctor wanted to wait a bit to see if I would progress on my own as my son was already in the birth canal. As it turned out, I never did progress and they had to manually stretch my cervix as it was too late for a c-section. He was born with the cord wrapped around his neck and also a knot in the cord. While we were in the hospital I noticed that he seemed to moving his left hand much more than his right, and the nurse assured me that it was normal. As he developed he was much stronger on his left side and eventually had an MRI done that showed evidence of a stroke that would have happened around the time of his birth. He had to have a lot of PT between the ages of 1 & 3. He is now 11 and was diagnosed at at the age of two with Autism, and is now considered to have moderate Autism.

Mindy - posted on 02/22/2010

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I suffered from HELLP Syndrome while pregnant with my autistic son. I had a horrible time throughout most of my pregnancy. Dry birth. Forceps used. 14 hours of labor. Born on due date.

Suzanne - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son Leo was a meconium birth after my waters had been leaking for 3 days on and off but he was also very quick at the pushing stage (1 push) they had to suck his airway out at birth as was'nt breathing. He was been diagnosed with asd.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2010

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I had twelve hours of labour before they performed a c-section - he had an imprint of 'T' on his forehead for trying to push his way out when I could not open to more then '5'.......after they did an X-Ray, they performed a C-Section.

Corinne - posted on 02/21/2010

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I labored 56 hours with my son, and had an emergency C section due to non-progressive labor. He was a difficult baby,(inconsolable) and was eventually disgnosed with autism at age 2.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2010

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Same here. We never made a connection before. I arrived dialated to 10, 100 % effaced, but his head was twised. They said he would be out in 10 mnutes, it took 4 hours to deliver him. Makes me wonder, now.

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My son was a difficult delivery as well as a lot of yours. He was induced at 38 weeks because the doctors were worried that he would be too big (He was 9 lbs 10 oz at 38 weeks). The doctors started pitocin to get labor started at 7 am. They kept cranking it up all day long. He was "sunny side up" with his head facing my belly instead of my back. The doctors tried turning him, but he wouldn't budge. After trying to push for 4 hours and nothing happening, and the pitocin at the highest level they could give me for at least 6 hours, his heart rate dropped so they did an emergency c-section. His head circumference was quite a bit larger than normal, (at 2 years old we had to buy an adult medium bike helmet for him) But he was otherwise healthy. I have heard many other Asperger moms say they had pitocin or difficult labors/emergency c-sections as well. I believe there is a link.

Danielle - posted on 02/21/2010

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wow!!!! i have been sure in my mind all along that my sons lack of oxygen and dropping heart beat during my 48hour labour (which then lead to an emergency c section) was the possible cause of his ASD. i have never been able to express this to a professional however due to fears of looking really stupid! he also had severe levels of jaundice and was in an incubator on the special care unit for this reason. it is astounding that there are so many similarities between all our cases! has this ever actually been investigated??? if not could it be??? it feels so good to actually hear that someone else has believed this as a possibility too. my little man Kane is 4 and i wouldn't change him for the world, but i would like to explore the possible causes of his ASD in terms of the possible link to his complicated and delayed birth. p.s he did not cry at birth either! like many of you have also stated with your Autistic children.

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My son is border line for Aspergers. My labor wasn't to bad for the first kid. he did get a little stuck, but I had extra fluid. He cried and was healthy enough to go home the next day. He was a quick learner when he was little walked by 9 months was talking well at a year and a half. Then when we started potty training he had a very hard time. School has been hard for him, but with some good teachers and counsling he is doing well. getting ready to start High school next year.

Darlene - posted on 02/20/2010

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my aspie's apgars at birth were poor...1 and 1. They had the neonatal team ready for his delivery. cord around the neck and had inhaled meconium. it was traumatic for the first 20-30 min then everything was fine. his apgar's came up to 7 and 9. he was a blue baby boy when he came out. that was 11 years ago and since he was 3 we have been on a rollar coaster of problems with him. He has speech deficits, anxiety, depression, odd, adhd, and everything else that goes with asperger's. it has been a long stressful journey for him and the family. every facet of his and our lives are affected. we once went to a specialized psychologist that made reference to the lack of oxygen but everything else she talked about was hocus pocus.

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son was born via C-section. I was 1 week overdue, had an induction, after 12 hours of not dilating at all, the doctor c-section because every time i would have a contraction , his heart rate would increase. When he was delivered , he was blue and not breathing. He failed his apgar score. he was ventilated and then he finally cried.

We always knew he was different, we just couldn't pin point what was wrong with him. He was missed diagnosed by his first psychologist at age 10. Then by age 11 we saw a child pyschiatrist and she diagnosed him with Aspergers syndrome.

Samantha - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son came out not beathing and he was 3 weeks early.. he came out all blue n purple and bout 1 min or 2 later he started to beathe.. n he has mild autism...!! soo i was always thinkin if that is some what of a reason why he has autism?

Amber - posted on 02/19/2010

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My labor lasted for approximately 22 hours, 14 of those hours I was in the hospital. About 1 hour after I had gotten set up in my room nurses started running in and flipping me around because the his heart would stop. We went on like this for about 10 more hours off and on. Then A Doctor came in (my Doctor was not there because he was stuck in a snow storm) The Doctor that had come in said I needed an epidural so they could get things going quicker. Eventually it was time to push I pushed for 3 hours and my son did not cry either he was purple. He had also inhaled his own poo. He was taken away to icu for only about 8.5hours then I got to see him. He has had some breathing problems since but nothing to serious.

Mandi - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son was born at 39 weeks, induced labor. I was given pitocin and the entire labor process was only 11 hours total. My son seemed to be fine, he scored highly on Apgar, and there were no complications. However, I did have to take him to the doctor within a couple of days because they wanted to recheck his bilirubin. He was slightly jaundiced, but my doctor told me that was common in babies with type B blood, and there was nothing to worry about. He has been evaluated several times since he was 18 months, and he was diagnosed with ASD and sensory integration disorder. He also had GERD and colic pretty badly his first year of life. I had started out breastfeeding, but I had complications a few weeks after he was born and had to have surgery. After that, I lost my milk...which I was told can sometimes happen in response to anesthesia. So we had to put him on formula, and he could not tolerate anything except the hypoallergenic kind, Nutramigen. I've read that there is a connection between children with autism disorders, immune problems (even just having a weak immune system), and GERD/colic issues. All of which my son has had troubles with. So I think there are definitely some commonalities between these types of issues and autism.

Johna - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son had a lack of oxygen for 20 min. and should NOT be alive today. I was attempting a VBAC and ruptured my uterus. His apgars were 1 at 1 min. and 5 at 5 min.

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My child with autism was by far my easiest, probably most oxygenated birth of the three. I used hypnobirthing, so I was relaxed and breathing throughout the labor.

SHARI - posted on 02/18/2010

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I had a high risk pregnancy. At 25 weeks they discovered that I had polyhydraminous, which was too much amniotic fluid. They put me in the perinatal center in Children's hospital in Omaha, NE for a week and then each week there after we traveled 3.5 hours back to Omaha to have a litre of amniotic fluid drawn from my stomach. At my weekly visit to Omaha, one month before my son was due, I had no fluid left in the amniotic sac so they sent us back to Holdrege where I was admitted into the labor unit and they started inducing labor. After 40 hours of induced labor they decided to do a c-section(on Mother's Day 1993). After my son was born he was a little blue so he had to have oxygen and stay in an incubator for a little while (so I'm told, I don't remember a thing) I lost a lot of blood and had to have 6 pints of blood over the next week. I always wondered if this difficult pregnancy and hard labor had anything to do with his Asperger's. It will be interesting to read up on this.

Debi - posted on 02/18/2010

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The cord was around my daughter's neck - tightly! Every time I had a contraction her heart beat went down....and that was just on the monitor with Braxton Hicks contractions! They induced my labor and it got WAY worse. Her heart beat went down to a 9 on the monitor. Not only was the cord choking her, but I also had polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid). Instead of giving me an emergency C-section, the doctor hung 2 bags of Pitocin, full drip, and gave me 20 minutes to dilate. The contractions were so hard and so close that I was vibrating off the bed and they had to stand beside me and push me back over. When I reached 6 cm they took me to the delivery room - I was only at 7cm when he delivered, and he stretched me the rest of the way!! I thought I was going to die. (Years later I found out that the doctor should not have used this method, because he could have ruptured me and caused me to die.) All this was natural, with NO pain killers. The minute the cord was cut they shot Demerol in my IV. Sarah was the prettiest newborn I ever saw, but she had the biggest wine stain looking bruise on the back of her head and neck. She was different from the first hour. Very hyper - ALWAYS moving. At 2 days she could roll over one way and hold her head up. She is now 20, and my mom says I deserve a Purple Heart for raising her!! LOL I've always said she has "Trauma Induced Autism" in the form of Asperger's Syndrome. She was originally diagnosed with ADHD, severe, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and "mild" Autism. She continued to have incopresis (sp), which is bowel accidents, until she reached about 12 1/2. She learns things and is smart, but then can't retain what she learns in a useful manner - meaning that it is all still there and may come out at odd times, but she can't access the information when she needs it for testing or daily life. She is a wonderful person, though, and has a huge heart.

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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I have a 10 year old son, middle child. My pregnancy, although "normal" was far more difficult than either of my daughter's. My labor was pretty quick, until delivery. Could not push him out. He was facing my leg, rathar then down, and his neck was turned a little bit. About 3 hours later, in my opinion, than he should have been born, my OB finally got him positioned correctly and out he came. He did have to use forceps. He was never in enough distress to need a c-section. His cord was around his neck and he did have to be on oxygen for a few hours after he was born. His Apgar's were 7 & 8 (I think), so not too bad. He was not as active in utero as my daughter's so I always wonder about that. He did have to be admitted back to the hopsital exactly 4 weeks after he was born with RSV (and again a lack of oxygen).

Loralee - posted on 02/18/2010

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I had relatively easy pregnancies and births for all four of my children, my last pregnancy for my son(who's now 7 and has been diagnosed this year with AS) was probably the easiest and quickest of all, I was at 37 weeks, and had a very quick labor, I literally pushed 3 times and out he came. I've always thought it was a blessing, because he had the cord wrapped around his neck, he was blue and not breathing. Within moments though, he was crying and his apgar went from the lowest to fairly high.



I've always wondered if in those few moments when he didn't have oxygen, played apart in his AS diagnosis, it'll be interesting to hear more about this study.

Maureen - posted on 02/18/2010

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My second daughter was born two months early. She didn't cry right away when she was born and she had to be put on oxygen. She was in the hospital for a month to a month and a half. She had jaundice and had to be under some lights. She couldn't drink from a bottle right away so they had feeding tubes in her. When she finally was able to drink from a bottle she would suck on the bottle and then stop and then drink and then stop she did this several times. It was scary. After we took her home we had to make an eye appointment for her luckily her eyes were good. She had developemental delays. She was slow. When she was about four a couple of people noticed she wasn't talking right she would say something about three or four times in the same sentence. I had seen this guy who was the head of the special education department to talk to him about my daughter. I told him what was going on with her so I had to have her tested. After all the testing was done he told me she was to go into a special program called PPI. She wasn't fully potty trained during the day until she was about five to five and a half.

Sindy - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hello, my son's birth was 8yrs ago I can't remerber details but I had pitosin and an epideral giving to me, it was a natural birth but he had trouble breathing and the Docs put him on oxygen for 3 days.

Samantha - posted on 02/17/2010

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My special son was a fraternal twin( we lost the other very early 10 weeks), I suffered from gall disease my pregnancy and was in & out of Hospice for early labor. He was 1 month early at 6lbs, Purple cheesey and beautiful. He needed Oxygen for the first hour or so...but what concerned me was the injection of HepB in his first 12 hours of birth...what baby will be exposed to an std. We know now he has little tolerance to metals..probably due to my gall disease(my kidneys and liver were not funtioning well) then a dose of mercury to a 6lb baby = Autistic child. Dylan has been off since very little.Every milestone late, no baby babble...growling and screaming for the 1rst 3 years. He seemed like such a bad child, he took apart everything.

Heidi - posted on 02/17/2010

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During my pregnancy with my oldest I ate normally worked a fulltime security job that kept me moving and even spent special time to play music to him, classical, and read, both are supposed to help the baby's brain develop, but around the last month of my pregnancy I realized something was wrong, I was pre-eclamptic but because my blood pressure is very low when I went in to my ob-gyn he said I was fine, that last month was terrible I gain 40lbs in that month and my blood pressure raised to 160/95 really high for a person whos normal pressure was 95/56, on top of all that I had a great labor but horrible delivery, first my sons heart beat was decelling and then I started to get a fever, then after trying a suction and having it pull off some of his skin, we went to c-section but my epidural wasn't propperly placed so they had to redo it, when they did that I right away knew something was wrong, within that minute my legs fell and I couldn't move them then my stomach burned and soon I couldn't feel that, but then my chest started burning and my hands were tingling and it was getting hard to breath, the last thing I knew I was gasping for air as the nurses were running around yelling for a doctor or somone to put a traych in me. I woke up to my son crying and after that had many visits from multiple doctors and nurses making sure I was OK and my son was taken away many times for testing, turns out he also had his cord around his neck. He was a very quiet baby and only cried when we were driving, odd for babies, and when hungry but my mother said there was something different about him. Then through the years we realized he was unique, and now is educationally diagnosed with high funtioning ASD.

Heather - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter's birth (she was later diagnosed at 5 as having Asperger's) was quite difficult. I only pushed for 50 minutes, but the labor itself was horrific. I believe they broke my water WAY too early. I entered the hospital at 11 p.m. in labor.They broke my water at 3a.m. and she wasn't born until 3:56 p.m. I wasn't dilating so they kept putting me on the taking me off the pitocin (HORRIBLE stuff) And they kept saying all throught the labour that they were "concerned "about the baby heart rate, but that is all they would say. And I noticed right from the start that there was something a bit off with my daughter. We had (and to this day have) trouble bonding. I blamed myself for, well, I guess I sometimes still do blame myself. Anyway...my son is 16 months old and was born via c-section because he was breech. His pediatrician says developmentally he is doing things she would expect a two year old to do. Could there be a connection between my daughter's birth and her Asperger's?? I truely believe there could be...or maybe I'm grasping at straws.

Sherrie - posted on 04/07/2010

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My ex-hubsand was in the military hospital at the time it was a night mare my son was born over labor day weekend my water broke at 12:15 P.M. and went to the hospital and at 2:00 p.m. and didn't have him until the next day at 12:15 p.m one doc wanted to do a c-section but wasn't up high enough so he called the one that was and he said I could wait they'de be back to work tomorrow he had a lack of oxygen at birth they also gave hep shots right away after they were born I have heard all military hospitals around that area born about the same time as my son got aspergers something about the shot being wrong or the people giving the shots messed up. So I do believe that the lack of oxygen at birth does pertain to aspergers or other lack of oxygen disorders.

Tara - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son was diagnosed at a very young age- and YES, he was a very difficult labor!, and he had a lack of oxygen at birth (low heart rate and needed ventilation/help breathing) and ended up being an emergency C-Section. He was in the NICU for several weeks (I stayed too, though recieved nothing but a room; no food, no meds, no care for me). This is actually the first time I've heard the coorelation between lack of oxygen/difficult birth, versus Autism, ect.... Thank you for the information- now I have something else to search.... I really appreciate your post!!! If you have anymore information on this, I would love to see it. I hope things are going okay with you all. Take care and keep in touch?!? -Tara

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