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14 May 2009, 4:09 am

I had a difficult birth. I like the oxygen-deprivation theory.


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14 May 2009, 6:30 am

My Aspie aged 8yrs (youngest of 4) was a long and difficult birth, which was an incredible shock after having 3 easy births, (first was 3.5hrs, second was 50 mins and number three was 2.5 hrs with no problems). My darling Aspie was 8.5 hrs of nothing happening but excrutiating pain, then came very fast and sudden in the end. He had the cord around his neck tight, a cleft lip which was not picked up in Ultrasounds, and his breathing and heart stopped. He was rushed from the room but they didn't go far, just outside my door so I couldn't see what was going on I guess, and when my ex-husband went racing after them he found four Dr's working on this tiny lifeless body trying to resucitate him. He spent 3 days in Special Care Nursery while they thoroughly checked him over for undetected problems but they found nothing wrong apart from his cleft. I have also wondered if his birth and oxygen depravation had anything to do with his Asperger.



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14 May 2009, 7:04 am

AnnePande wrote:
redplanet wrote:
My son is severely autistic and I had a terrible time giving birth to him - I nearly died of a PPH.


But your profile says you are male?! :?



Lol sorry about that, must've done it wrong when I joined! I'm definitely female 8)



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14 May 2009, 1:20 pm

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I had Hemolytic disease while I was in the womb and had to be given a blood transfusion. All my other siblings had this problem, but because I was my mum's fifth pregnancy it was much more serious. The doctors told my mum that I would have died and she should have to have an abortion. I'm her miracle baby.


The doctor told my mum whilst she was in labour that both me and my twin brother were almost certainly going to die, so she spent a long night in hospital crying as a result. The doctor ended up getting a warning for being so blunt and rather incorrect.



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14 May 2009, 2:45 pm

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I came out nicely and then I pooped in the doctors hand.

ROTFLMAO

Yeah and the doctor said it was good luck!
Also apparently to watch your child's birth you have to got to birthing classes and my father never did so he had to lie to the doctor to see my birth!
How stupid is that?


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14 May 2009, 3:13 pm

My mother almost died in childbirth with me, and has never forgiven my so-called sin. She thinks a newborn infant tried to kill her and so she is perfectly justified in tormenting and/or ensuring my demise. I left home at 18 not a day too soon. Bettleheim's idea of refrigerator mothers has theoretically been disproven, but it appears valid in my case. Mine is either a 'refrigerator mother' or a monster. I believe her emotional abuse played a significant role in creating or worsening my AS.



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14 May 2009, 5:10 pm

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i was coming feet first i guess you cant come out that way so they did a c-section on my mom.


This was how it happened for me, too. Don´t know if that counts as trauma. According to my Mom though, I started screaming angrily even before I was all the way out- I was furious for being brought out into the world, my face was red with anger. Does that count as a difficult birth? It seemed to have been traumatic for me, I don´t like sudden unexpected changes. :lol:


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14 May 2009, 5:17 pm

My brother is severely autistic, and my mom did not have a difficult birth with him.



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15 May 2009, 6:08 am

redplanet wrote:
AnnePande wrote:
redplanet wrote:
My son is severely autistic and I had a terrible time giving birth to him - I nearly died of a PPH.


But your profile says you are male?! :?



Lol sorry about that, must've done it wrong when I joined! I'm definitely female 8)


Haha that's okay, errors happen. I just couldn't help wondering a bit. :wink:



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15 May 2009, 6:47 am

I was fast, easy, in perfect health.


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15 May 2009, 2:46 pm

My brain was squished by forceps when I was born and my mom was told I might be severely brain damaged.



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15 May 2009, 9:42 pm

I was born 3 months premature. My mom had toxemia and if I hadn't been delivred (c section) we both would have died. I spent a year in the neo natal intnesive care ward and was sent home with a portable oxygen tank.


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16 May 2009, 4:50 pm

I was late, was induced, and then the cord was around my neck. I was supposed to be born in a maternity home, but my mother had to be moved to a hospital for them to find out what was wrong because I was taking so long; the doctor there found out that every time I moved forward, the cord was pulling me back again.

Also while my mother was pregnant with me, she tripped one day and fell, and I was quite still for a little while afterwards.



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28 Nov 2010, 2:00 pm

I turned to "an 11 o'clock angle" as my mother puts it and had to be delivered by C-section. I don't know whether it has anything to do with autism but it is a huge shock to the baby's system. First there's the mother's stress at having found out there's something wrong, then there's the drugs pumped into her which in turn get into the baby's system, then there's the operation itself during which the baby is taken from the warmth and comfort of the womb instantly to the cold open air without the gradual transition that a normal birth provides. As well as all that, the skull, which is made up of a number of bones, is supposed to be molded together by the birth canal while the baby is being pushed out, but in the case of a C-section, the skull doesn't get that kind of molding. I'm not sure what the standard intervention is for that or whether that has anything to do with autism either, but it's a part of C-section birth anyways. Apart from the C-section birth, I was a healthy baby. I developed recurring outer ear infections a few years ago which is supposedly common with people who have autism, but luckily it's never spread to my middle or inner ear and I hope it never does!



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28 Nov 2010, 11:28 pm

My mom was in labor with me for 30 hours before the doctors realized I had turned sideways and then they performed a c-section. I was sick in the week following my birth.



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29 Nov 2010, 12:08 am

i guess my autistic daughter had a difficult birth. firstly she was three weeks premature which is not too bad but a couple days before i had her i did an ultrasound they said she was only at the developmental age of 6 months. her father was abusive and he decided to pick me up and throw me on the couch where i was to sit, quietly and obediently. he was also autistic though. when he did that he tore my placenta, which is what led me to go for the ultrasound. i was put on bed rest and sent home. i fled and went to my parents house. when i went into labour she was upside down but the doctor was able to flip her right way down by manipulating my stomach because my water had already broken. she was delivered aux naturel and drug free but had the cord wrapped around her neck. the doctor thought she was dead and passed out(she was young and never delivered a baby on her own before. i found out later she had just learned that day she was expecting her first child). the nurse held her up so i could see her and promptly left the room with her. that was at 6:22.... did not see her again until after midnight as they were 'working on her'. i was only 17 and they avoided answering any questions about what happened to her, why they took her, what they were doing, was something wrong.. she had no sucking reflex and almost starved when we were sent home when she was two days old. she ended up back in the hospital where we stayed for 4 weeks until she was able to eat on her own. she was well over a month old when she started to cry for the first time. before that she only communicated with grunts and growls. she had a red mark on her head forever from burst blood vessels which was a good indicator of her mood when she got older because it turned bright red when she'd get upset.

as for my 5yo i have no idea as i'm not his birth mother. i do know that he has two older brothers who are supposably having behaviour issues and a younger sister who had seizure disorder, physical deformities and died as a toddler because his birth mother was using drugs while she was pregnant. i suspect she was probably using drugs with him as well which may be why he has such severe problems and he had an eeg and an mri which revealed mild deformities and holes in different areas of his brain.