Do cesarean sections cause autism?
There have been a number of articles published about some new research that looks at the link between cesarean sections and autism. An article by ‘The Conversation’ highlights that whilst the study shows an association between cesarean section and autism and ADHD the study does not indicate there is a causal relationship.
Cesarean sections are more common in women who are obese, older or have history of immune conditions all of which have been linked with a child having increased risk of autism. These factors may therefore be also contributing to the study findings.
National Centre for Maternity Improvement
In the UK charity Tommys, The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have joined together to launch ‘The Tommys National Centre for Maternity improvement’.
The alliance will work on 5 work streams:
There will be involvement from parents, midwives, doctors, the NHS and academic experts with the aim of preventing 600 stillbirths and 12,000 preterm births nationally.