Top Thoughts: Vaginal Seeding is Trending for C-section Births
Top Thoughts Roundup: During a natural childbirth, the baby passes through the mother’s birth canal. And that’s good thing. For the reason that a mother’s birth canal is full of healthy bacteria know as, “microbiota”. As babies pass through the canal, their bodies latch on to the healthy bacteria. The bacteria on the baby’s body help to boost the infant’s immune system. However, in a C-section delivery, the baby misses out on that good bacteria because they don’t make the long trek down the birthing canal. But now, there’s a new birthing practice for C-sectioned babies known as, “vaginal seeding,” “seeding “or “microbirthing.” After delivery, the doctor swabs the infant’s mouth, eyes, face and skin with the mother’s vaginal fluid. The procedure corrects any bacterial imbalance that may have occurred during the C-section delivery.
So, what’s the big deal about, “microbiota”?
The idea is that vaginal seeding allows a baby born via caesarean section to come into contact with bacteria from the birth canal. The hope is this may boost their gut bacteria and reduce the risk of conditions such as allergies or obesity. There is already an enormous amount of research going on to study the role of the microbiota in health and disease. Some excellent recent research shows that vaginal seeding can http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/what-vaginal-seedingpartially alter the microbiota of babies born by caesarean section to make it look more like the microbiota of babies born by vaginal delivery. Via iflscience.com
Many mothers facing C-section deliveries are happy about the new birthing practice. They feel that vaginal seeding offers their newborn a natural and safe way to not only boost their immune system but also offer protection from health issues later in their child’s life.
Last year, Dominguez-Bello conducted a study in Puerto Rico on 21 babies. The babies who were seeded with the gauze had a microbiome closer to a baby born vaginally than those born via C-section – results which were still present after one month. “While it’s not equivalent to a baby born vaginally, there is some important restoration happening,” Bello says. Bello hopes that seeding will lower the risk of illness in babies born surgically. She intends to expand her research to include more babies, whom she would follow for at least three years. Via theguardian.com
Vaginal seeding seems to make sense but is it safe?
Not according to an editorial published in the British Medical Journal for physicians. In February of this year the journal published a strong cautionary warning about “seeding”.
Researchers In the UK believe that people have made a leap of logic that gut bacteria must be the link between caesarean section and risk of these diseases. Dr Aubrey Cunnington, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases and one of the authors of the stud stated,”Only one clinical trial is currently investigating vaginal seeding and that study is designed to determine only if vaginal bacteria can be successfully transferred to newborns through “seeding,” not if the practice is either safe or effective. Cunnington and his colleagues advise doctors not to perform vaginal seeding until more is known about both the effectiveness and the safety of the procedure.“We believe the small risk of harm cannot be justified without evidence of benefit”. Read more…
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Vaginal seeding: new research says no – new research says no. Global Women Connected https://t.co/lzXGQktZeq
— GlobalWomenConnected (@1GlobalWomen) March 28, 2016
— Nathan Price (@ISBNathanPrice) March 27, 2016