To the Editor I read with interest the article “Association of Autism With Induced or Augmented Childbirth in North Carolina Birth Record (1990-1998) and Education Research (1997-2007) Databases” by Gregory et al1 after hearing about the study through the news media. The study is a retrospective observational study exploring the association of labor induction and/or augmentation with autism spectrum disorders. There are serious flaws in the methods, data source, and conclusions of this study.
Stitely ML. Induction or Augmentation of Labor and Autism. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(2):189-190. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4789