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image: Cesarean Section Results in Heavier Mouse Pups

Cesarean Section Results in Heavier Mouse Pups

By Ashley Yeager | October 11, 2017

Vaginal birth leads to changes in the development of offsprings’ microbiomes not seen among mice born via C-section, which researchers suspect might contribute to the weight differences.


image: Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

By Jef Akst | August 24, 2017

A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 


A new literature review finds that even if babies born via Cesarean section have long-term health risks, as a number of past studies purport, it may not be a result of the procedure itself.


image: Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach

Startup Licenses “Vaginal Seeding” Approach

By Tracy Vence | March 31, 2016

Boston-based Commense plans to develop microbial and nonmicrobial interventions aimed at improving child health.


image: Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes

Opinion: A Mother’s Microbes

By Rob Knight and Jack Gilbert | March 3, 2016

On “vaginal seeding” and the challenge of evidence-based parenting


image: Restoring C-Section Babies’ Microbiota

Restoring C-Section Babies’ Microbiota

By Catherine Offord | February 1, 2016

A small pilot study suggests exposure to maternal vaginal fluids could restore infant microbiota following Cesarean-section delivery.

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image: Baby Born from Transplanted Womb

Baby Born from Transplanted Womb

By Jef Akst | October 6, 2014

A woman in Sweden gives birth to a healthy baby boy after carrying the child in a transplanted uterus for 32 weeks.


image: Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers

Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers

By Kate Yandell | August 11, 2014

The pace at which bacterial groups take root in the gastrointestinal tracts of premature infants is more tied to developmental age than time since birth.


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