This week new UK research shows that planned C-section can be "the safest option" for women who have had a previous C-section.
But does this research present a true picture of risk?
This week's research looks at short term risks for mother and baby and finds that there is a small but increased chance of complications with VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) compared to ERCS (elective repeat C-section).
But - in this week's report, there's no mention of the infant microbiome.There's no mention of the short and long-term risks associated with an altered microbiome related to C-section.
There's no mention of potential lifelong health risks associated with sub-optimal immune training related to C-section (as explored in our Microbirth Movie and in our Microbiome Courses).
By ignoring the impact of C-section on the infant microbiome, does this new study present the full picture? If you ignore the infant microbiome in discussions about VBAC or repeat C-section, are you really empowering mothers with true informed choice?
What do you think?
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