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Week 13 2021: How to grow your gut garden, home-birth, nettles and experience of neonatal healthcare providers

This week's digest of tasty snacks of knowledge has five new blog-posts. Here are the quick links. Summaries are further down this page. 85% of neonatal health professionals 'feared for their own health' due to COVID-19 https://bit.ly/3fnMGE4 How to grow your "gut garden" from birth...

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New research: In a global survey, over 85% of neonatal healthcare providers feared for their own health due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted health systems worldwide. It has also taken a heavy toll on the health and wellbeing of maternity health professionals around the world. In a global survey of 1120 neonatal healthcare providers, more than 85% of health personnel feared for their own health...

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New research: mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and maternal immunity

Vaccines for COVID-19 are being administered to millions of people across the world. A new study by Gray K.J. et al. (March 25, 2021) published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can be effective in producing antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2...

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New research: Can nettles influence the gut microbiome to help fight obesity?

One of my favourite passions is gardening, or more specifically, to work on our allotment. This is my fourth year of being an allotment owner and I love it. It's very mindful, I love eating the food we grow ourselves and research has shown that gardening could be good for your gut...

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New article: How to grow your gut garden - starting from birth!

I love this article talking about how to grow your "gut garden" - and how it starts from birth! The article in askthescientists.com by Jenna Templeton offers four quick and easy way to nurture your gut microbes as an adult. But I especially like the analogy of your gut as a garden to...

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New research: If all low-risk Australian women had home births in 2017, C-section rate would have reduced from 13.4% to 2.7%

Wow. 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. Study: The study by Callander EJ et al. (Feb 12, 2021) looked at an administrative data set...

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Week 12 2021 Digest: Research on doulas, oral health and the uniqueness of breast milk

Oooooh - so interesting.... This past week, I've been experimenting with word association in our private Facebook group - please join us on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/473121803401844 What's the first thing you think of when you hear the words: LACTATION CONSULTANT (29...

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New research: Doulas can help parents meet their breastfeeding goals

New research combines two of my passions: doulas and breastfeeding! Doulas provide practical and emotional support during birth and the postpartum period, and previous research has shown that having a doula can improve birth outcomes. Now a new study from the University of Pennsylvania...

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New review: Can ingredients inspired by human milk be re-purposed to support the immune system?

I am constantly amazed by the wonders of breast milk. I love that the complex components of human milk can play a direct and vital role in protecting a newborn baby against disease. But here’s an interesting, and perhaps (at least for me) a divisive question.... Could the complex components...

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New review paper: Relationship between a dysbiotic oral microbiome and complications during pregnancy

Fascinating new review paper highlights the importance of really good oral hygiene especially during pregnancy. And interestingly, really good oral hygiene is also really important pre-conception as this could help prevent the inflammatory response during pregnancy. The paper by...

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