Here is a small sample of family stories.
Jeannine has four children, three with autism. Neither she nor her husband have any autism or developmental disability in their family histories. However, Jeannine, who was born in 1965 in Los Angeles, was exposed in utero to an anti-miscarriage drug protocol after the doctor decided her mother was petite that the pregnancy should be considered "at-risk."
Veronica had two daughters in California in the 1970s. During both pregnancies she was prescribed benzodiazapenes as sleep aids. Each of her daughters now has a child with autism spectrum disorder. There is no other autism in her extended family.
Jane was born in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s after being exposed, via a fertility clinic, to at least three different forms of synthetic steroid hormone drugs intended for the prevention of miscarriage. Two of her three children have severe autism. Her sibling, who was not exposed to prenatal drugs, has typically developing children. There is no other neurodevelopmental abnormality in the family's history.
Laura was born in New Jersey in the mid-1960s after her mother was given progestin (fake progesterone) drugs intended for the prevention of miscarriage. One of her sons has autism, and the other had childhood learning disabilities. There is no other neurodevelopmental disorder in her extended family; she was the only of her siblings prenatally exposed to the medication.
Tillie suffered morning sickness after getting pregnant in the early 1970s, and through the first trimester took daily doses of an anti-nausea drug prescribed by her doctor. Tillie's daughter was normal, but her grandson has autism. There is no other neurodevelopmental abnormality in the family's history.
In 1968, Derrick was prenatally exposed to synthetic steroid hormone drugs as part of a fertility treatment though a clinic in New York. His son has high functioning autism and emotional disturbance. There is no history of neurodevelopmental abnormality in his family.
After suffering a series of miscarriages, John's mother was prescribed medications when pregnant with John in the 1960s. John was born with the urogenital abnormality hypospadias, which is often related to prenatal synthetic hormone exposure. John has two children, one with high functioning autism, the other with anxiety and learning disabilities. There is no other neurodevelopmental abnormality in his extended family.
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