Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth
Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth
Swabbing infants born by Cesarean-section with a gauze harboring their mother’s vaginal fluids made their skin and gut microbiota more closely resemble that of vaginally born babies.
Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth
Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth

Swabbing infants born by Cesarean-section with a gauze harboring their mother’s vaginal fluids made their skin and gut microbiota more closely resemble that of vaginally born babies.

Swabbing infants born by Cesarean-section with a gauze harboring their mother’s vaginal fluids made their skin and gut microbiota more closely resemble that of vaginally born babies.

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How Do Infant Immune Systems Learn to Tolerate Gut Bacteria?
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Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.
Cesarean Section Results in Heavier Mouse Pups
Cesarean Section Results in Heavier Mouse Pups
Ashley Yeager | Oct 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.
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Jef Akst | Aug 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. 
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Study: Babies’ Microbiomes Indifferent to Mode of Delivery
Kerry Grens | Jan 23, 2017
Study of 81 six-week-olds who were born by C-section or vaginal delivery didn’t show differences in the structure or function of their microbiota, despite contrary results from other studies on babies. 
Infant Microbiome: Vaginal Delivery Versus C-Section
Infant Microbiome: Vaginal Delivery Versus C-Section
Jef Akst | Nov 27, 2016
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.