Did you or your aspie child have a traumatic birth?

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OddDuckNash99
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18 Jul 2009, 9:44 pm

My mom was induced, because I was 11 days late. Nothing else memorable about my birth, but induction is considered a "difficult" birth in the obstetrics world.
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18 Jul 2009, 9:54 pm

In the beginning...topic

Nope. Mine was easy, according to my mother.

My NT son's was difficult, as he was preemie and born face up. He is fine now. My daughters' (also NT) births were so-so, nothing out of the ordinary.


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18 Jul 2009, 10:14 pm

I have Asperger's (diagnosed), and I was born by C-section because I got wrapped up in my cord and was having oxygen deprivation. I have read that at least 50% of people with Asperger's had oxygen deprivation at birth of some kind (or at least an oxygen issue). I also read that there is strong evidence to support the autism gene in families---and that those genes can be turned on by certain contributing factors such as oxygen deprivation. There needs to be more studies/research on this. I have at least 8 members in my family that show autistic traits. So I believe that the autism gene was passed on to me, and my oxygen deprivation turned that gene on in a way that it gave me Asperger's. I believe that this gene(s) can be turned on whether one has oxygen issues or not (or anyother contributing factor).


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18 Jul 2009, 11:05 pm

Yes, it's true for me.



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18 Jul 2009, 11:35 pm

I've told this story many times, as has my mother.

My mum has RH negative blood and since my eldest sister was born it's been very risky for her to have children, because the antibodies in her blood attack her kids red blood cells. Also known as Hemolyctic Disease of the Newborn.
I'm lucky number four so I was in serious risk of being stillborn. The doctors wanted my mum to get an abortion, but she rejected their suggestion and so I was born via cesarian 6 weeks early (or around that time). I needed to have a blood transfusion while still in the womb too.


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19 Jul 2009, 12:12 am

I can't speak for myself, but my daughter, when she was born, it was a very normal birth except that I was in Cheyenne Wyoming and they wouldn't give me an epidural until I was 9cm dialated (which you aren't supposed to do, but I think it was more for my sake than the baby's, but I wasn't going to correct them on that one), and I did have to hold her in at 10cm dialated for an hour while the doctor found my chart that got lost somewhere between the doctor's office and the hospital. I do remember them saying she came out so fast that she had a lot of fluid in her lungs that they had to (can't think of the word right now at all, but remove the fluids). When she was 3 months old, again in Cheyenne Wyoming, she got the rotovirus vaccine through the nose (a liquid into the nostrils), and she started choking (better word for it that I can't think of either) on it, and the nurse didn't know what to do and was just standing there for a good minute (yelling at me for yelling at her to do something) before she went out and got the nurse practitioner who finally cleared the airway. What really made me mad was I can tell she still had a lot of fluid in there and they were rushing me out of the room to use it for the next patient, and if I left when they wanted too instead of being the witch I am and staying, my daughter probably would have choked again in the car ride home where I can't see her in that rear facing car seat.

But even with those stories, I know a lot of NT's with similar stories (well, not usually due to the ignorance of other people, but stories more like came out too fast and had a lot of fluids in the lungs for a good minute). I don't think any birth runs perfect. But I do see family members who could be or should be diagnosed Aspies, so I buy the genetic explanation most.



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19 Jul 2009, 12:13 am

diagnosed AS, lack of oxygen at birth, dx'd with ADD at birth, use of forceps involved... You know the rest.



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19 Jul 2009, 3:00 am

Nope, my mum had a reasonably good pregnancy with me and as far as I know my birth was fine with no complecations. We reckon that AS runs in the family though, right up to my grandad and uncle (mum's dad & brother). I know it goes further afield too because when we visited my mum's family in the Czech Repuplic, we met a young woman who is my cousin I think, who showed classic Autistic/AS traits.



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19 Jul 2009, 3:09 am

I was two weeks late and too big to be born naturally. Emergency C-section after 24 hours of labor (about 22 of it induced after the first two natural stopped). Other than that though, nothing out of the ordinary.

Now, my brother had the cord wrapped around his neck and was lacking oxygen at first, but he's completely normal.


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19 Jul 2009, 2:02 pm

phil777 wrote:
diagnosed AS, lack of oxygen at birth, dx'd with ADD at birth, use of forceps involved... You know the rest.

How do they diagnose ADD at birth? Did you get distracted as you started your descent and then forget to come out until they pulled?


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19 Jul 2009, 2:15 pm

Batz wrote:
I'm also ADHD, so I guess traumatic births can play a role in ASD and ADHD.


ADHD, absolutely. There's even more evidence to that than with ASD. Helen Harrison (a Mom of a former preemie adult with severe disabilities and self-acclaimed researcher) has info at http://www.prematurity.org/research/helen-adhd.html.