Cesarian and Vaginal Seeding

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You may have heard of a practice called vaginal seeding, which involves transferring vaginal fluid to a newborn via a sterile gauze after a cesarean birth. This practice aims to promote the transfer of healthy bacteria from the mother’s vagina to the baby, similar to what happens during a natural birth.

The microbiome refers to the community of microorganisms that live in and on our bodies, particularly in the gut, and play a crucial role in our health and wellbeing.

While the practice of vaginal seeding is still controversial and not widely accepted, there is some research that suggests it may have potential benefits for newborns born via cesarean birth. One study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that vaginal seeding was associated with a significant increase in the diversity and abundance of healthy bacteria in newborns born via cesarean birth.

Another study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada found that vaginal seeding was associated with a reduced risk of eczema in infants born via cesarean birth. However, it’s important to note that these studies are small and more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of vaginal seeding.

It’s also important to consider the potential risks associated with vaginal seeding, such as the risk of transferring harmful bacteria or infections from the mother to the baby. That’s why it’s essential to discuss the practice of vaginal seeding with your healthcare provider and make an informed decision based on your individual circumstances and preferences.

Regardless of whether you choose to practice vaginal seeding or not, there are other steps you can take to promote a healthy microbiome in your baby. For example, you can breastfeed your baby, provide skin-to-skin contact, and avoid unnecessary antibiotics.

I know the idea of a cesarean section can be scary, especially if you’re not planning on having one. But here’s the thing, even if you’re planning for a vaginal birth, sometimes things don’t go as planned, and you might need a cesarean section.

So if you want to be prepared for any possibility, make sure you have the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions and have the best birth experience possible.

Let’s do this, mama!

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