Uncomplicated Labor and Delivery Upper Neck Misalignment May Cause Complicated Birth Process
Autism Might Be Linked With Inducing and Speeding Up Labor(STUDY)CHICAGO -- The biggest study of its kind suggests autismmight be linked with inducing and speeding up labor, preliminaryfindings that need investigating since labor is induced inincreasing numbers of U.S. women, the authors and other autismexperts say. It's possible that labor-inducing drugs might increasethe risk – or that the problems that lead doctors to start laborexplain the results. These include mothers' diabetes and fetalcomplications, which have previously been linked with autism. Likemost research into autism causes, the study doesn't provideconclusive answers, and the authors say the results shouldn't leaddoctors to avoid inducing labor or speeding it up since it can belife-saving for mothers and babies.
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Simon Gregory, lead author and an associate professor ofmedicine and medical genetics at Duke University, emphasized, "Wehaven't found a connection for cause and effect. One of the thingswe need to look at is why they were being induced in the firstplace." Government data suggest 1 in 5 U.S. women have laborinduced – twice as many as in 1990. Smaller studies suggested apossible tie between induced labor and autism, but the new researchis the largest to date, involving more than 600,000 births. Thegovernment-funded study was published online Monday in JAMAPediatrics. The researchers examined eight years of North Carolinabirth records and matched 625,042 births with public school datafrom the late 1990s through 2008. Information on autism diagnosesdidn't specify whether cases were mild or severe.
Labor was induced or hastened in more than 170,000 births.Overall, 5,648 children developed autism – three times as many boysas girls. Among autistic boys, almost one-third of the mothers hadlabor started or hastened, versus almost 29 percent of the boyswithout autism. The differences were less pronounced among girls.Oxytocin and prostaglandins are used to start or speed up labor butthe study doesn't identify specific medications. The strongestrisks were in boys whose mothers had labor started and hastened.They were 35 percent more likely to have autism. Among girls,autism was not tied to induced labor; it was only more common inthose born after labor was accelerated; they were 18 percent morelikely to have the developmental disorder than girls whose mothershad neither treatment.
Autism affects about 1 in 88 U.S. children. Symptoms may involvecommunication problems including avoiding eye contact and unusualrepetitive behavior including arm-flapping. Causes are uncertainbut experts believe it probably results from a combination ofgenetics and other factors. These may include mothers' illnessesand medication use while pregnant, fathers' age at conception, andproblems affecting the fetus during childbirth – all suggested butnot proven in previous research. The study's biggest strength isbolstering the growing consensus that risks for autism occur beforebirth or soon after, said Dr. Byron King, director of SeattleChildren's Hospital's autism center. He was not involved in thestudy.
Upper Cervical Care and Pregnancy Worry Free DeliveryThe top two of the spine have horizontal joint surfaces, whichallows almost all of the head movements. These joints do not havethe same boney locking mechanisms that the other spinal joints do.Small and large trauma to the upper neck will force the bones outof alignment. This will tilt the head and then the rest of thespine and pelvis needs to compensate. In caring for almost 10,000patients over the last 30 years, we have witnessed that almost 100%of the time, when the upper neck is misaligned, the pelvis pulls upon one side. For the pregnant mother, this and tension in theligament attaches the placenta to her pelvis. Realigning the upperneck, balances the pelvis, and allows the baby to move freely inthe womb, and can speed up the labor and delivery process.
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