If you know my birth story, you'll know I planned for a home-birth and to exclusively breastfeed.
But as so often happens, I ended up having an emergency C-section.
When I struggled to breastfeed with little support, I supplemented with infant formula.
If only I knew then what I know now.
PATH FROM C-SECTION...
Having a surgical birth directly lead to us...
> Making our award-winning documentary MICROBIRTH...
> Creating this online school, MICROBIOME COURSES...
> Creating evidence-based courses featuring top professors....
> Writing this blog...
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Snacks of Knowledge:
This week's digest has six of my recent blog-posts on game-changing research papers, reports and articles about surgical birth, particularly how C-section can impact the infant microbiome.
I am experimenting with blogging on other platforms, so links take you to the blog articles posted on Medium - but you can also find the posts on the Microbiome Courses School blog.
In Australia in 2017, around half of elective C-sections DID NOT have a medical or obstetric reason
- To me, this is really worrying. A new report from Australia found that approx half of the elective C-sections performed in 2017 did not have a medical or obstetric reason.Of particular concern were the 13–19% of planned C-sections that were performed BEFORE 37 weeks without a medical or obstetric reason.
Breastfeeding restores the infant gut microbiome and reduces infections in C-section babies
- Recent research shows that breastfeeding helps restore the gut microbiome of infants born by C-section. It also lowered the risk of infection in early life — particularly respiratory tract infections and diarrhoea.
Exposure to a mother’s fecal matter can help restore the infant gut microbiome of a baby born by C-section
- A small recent “proof of concept” study shows exposing babies born by C-section
to some of the mother’s feces immediately after birth helps restore the
baby’s gut microbiome, so that it looks like the “normal fecal
microbiota development” associated with vaginal birth.
Antibiotics are effective AFTER the cord is clamped for babies born by C-section
- A recent study finds that antibiotics given to prevent
infections arising from C-section are JUST AS EFFECTIVE if they are
given after the baby’s umbilical cord is clamped.
Immediate skin-to-skin with fathers can boost the hearts of babies born by C-section
- Recent research finds that with C-section, if immediate skin-to-skin with the mother isn’t possible, a newborn baby can really benefit from having immediate skin-to-skin contact with the father (or partner).
If all low-risk Australian women had home births in 2017, the C-section rate would have reduced from 13.4% to 2.7%
- Amazing results of a new study looking at predicted hospital
resource savings that could have occured if all low-risk women in
Australia gave birth at home or in birth centers in 2017.
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