In October 2020, CPAS represented members’ interests in responding to a scientific publication in JAMA pediatrics. The paper suggested labour epidural analgesia in vaginal delivery was associated with a 37% relative increase risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder. This statement generated a great deal of controversy amongst specialist obstetric and pediatric anesthesia societies in Canada, the US, and the UK.

Read the joint statement made by CPAS and other Canadian Societies in response to the publication.