Cerebral palsy risk doubles with IVF: Study By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD There is now evidence that rates of cerebral palsy are higher among children born via in vitro fertilization . Researchers at the University of Aarhus in Denmark demonstrated that babies born by IVF were a lot more than twice as more likely to possess cerebral palsy as those conceived naturally. They adjusted for factors like age of the mother, if she smoked, and whether the baby was premature or a twin.So Rodakis approached leading autism researcher Richard Frye, who heads the Autism Research System at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute. ‘Careful parental observations could be important,’ Dr. Frye stated. ‘In science we consider these observations, place them through the scientific technique, and find what we find. This is what can lead to ground breaking scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in the field.’ The collaboration they founded ultimately attracted researchers from around the world and lately culminated in the First International Symposium on the Microbiome in Health and Disease with a particular Focus on Autism, held in June 2013.