Anyway, - the point of posting this now was that some recent studies have found dates (that you eat) to contain oxytocin. 5/6 a day are enough to bring forward spontaneous, and if eaten after birth, help the womb contract down fast and reduce the likliness of post partum haemorage.
I cannot find any studies (unsurprising) that suggests that eating dates increases the social skills/social memory of those with autism, but I have found studies that suggest that overall, the stress in our lives, plus interferred-with food and diet mean that oxytocin levels are lower than they were in the population.
I also know that if you are stressed/depressed/frightened in pregnancy, and certainly during labour, you are likely to produce much less oxytocin in relation to adrenaline.
Leonie, I don't think the hormonal state of the mother CAUSES autism, but I do believe that it might contribute to the environmental factors that trigger it in someone with a genetic predisposition iyswim.
Anyway. I'm gonna try some dates. Can't do any harm as dates have fab stuff in them regardless.
Not sure what SBC is saying. He got some adolecents to sniff oxytocin and it improved their empathy etc.
I think he acknowleges the role of oxytocin, but not the cause of the deficit.
I cannot imagine anyone funding research that will mean a requirement of heavy investment in maternity services and a substantial pot of neglegence claims against the NHS for sub-standard maternity care.
It is widely accepted that children with autism are more likely to have had a difficult or traumatic birth, but the popular belief is that the autism CAUSED the difficult birth, rather than the way the woman was treated caused the autism iyswim.
Thanks Pipin. In truth I don't get time to do it. I am worryingly behind where I should be and it is an added stress, BUT, it is not SN. We all need something to do that is not SN.
However, I do believe that many of the SNs that are caused or triggered by traumatic births could be reduced with more confidence in a mother's ability to birth her own baby and instinctively ask for help, rather than be treated like a child and have someone 'deliver' a baby.
Post is delivered. Babies are birthed.
My biggest inspiration is the rural Mexican mother who performed a c/section on herself when she realised the baby was in trouble. I mean you'd have to KNOW with absolute certainty to do something like that. And yet, in this country womens wishes, fears are ignored and she is treated like an out of control child who doesn't know what is best for her.