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    Discussion point 10

    10.  Evidence that autism is associated with complications of pregnancy, birth, and
    neonatal course.

    The epidemiological studies provide evidence that children with autism often
    suffered difficulties at birth, but many minimize the importance of
    complications at birth.  Most do not make any mention of how the brain might
    be affected.

    The biggest concern over complications at birth is the possibility of oxygen
    insufficiency.  Oxygen is the most urgent ongoing need of all aerobic
    species.  Avoiding a lapse in respiration should be a priority during
    childbirth.  Procedures that may impair oxygen delivery before, during, and
    after birth should be stopped.  The most dangerous is clamping of the
    umbilical cord before the newborn lungs are fully functional.
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