COVID-19: THE INFANT MICROBIOME
This is a crowd-sourced project to help create a global picture of how childbirth and infant feeding practices have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
THE INFANT MICROBIOME COVID-19 PROJECT
WEBINAR & DOWNLOADABLE REPORT:
This project has now ended but you
are welcome to access the webinar and report
A few of the hundreds of responses received:
About This Project
With the COVID-19 pandemic, huge changes have happened to birth and infant feeding policies and practices. New protocols have rapidly been implemented.
These changes will hugely affect mothers and babies. These changes are likely to affect the development of the infant microbiome, particularly the optimal training of the infant immune system. This could have major implications for future health.
To document these changes, we have created The Infant Microbiome COVID-19 Project.
This is a brand new fast-turnaround completely independent project — created and funded by Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, the founders of Microborth School (Microbiome Courses).
If you can, we would love YOU to tell us how birth and infant feeding policies and practices have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic where you live. This information will hopefully become a useful tool or resource to benefit the next generation.
is completely voluntary. If you can complete the form, that would be
wonderful. But no pressure. And it would be amazing if you could share
the form with your network.
will collate all responses and results will published in a special downloadable report available within this course on 15th May 2020.
The implications of these results will be discussed in a webinar on 15th May 2020 - hosted by the founder of Microbirth School (Microbiome Courses), Toni Harman.
WEBINAR: Friday 15th May
TIME: 12 noon LA / 3pm NY / 8pm LONDON
ESTIMATED TIME: 25 MINS
A replay recording will be available afterwards.
To collect responses, we have created a simple GOOGLE FORM which can be accessed below or on this link: https://forms.gle/SKm75DRfv2w1xS4f7
THE SURVEY HAS NOW ENDED.
ALL RESPONSES ARE BEING COLLATED.
1. Please help us by reporting changes you are seeing in your own part of the world.
2. This is not a place for judgement, for ranting or for guesswork.
3. The form asks for your name, location and job title, but you are welcome to stay anonymous.
4. Please do not share any confidential information. Be aware that what you write could be publicy accessible.
5. This is not intended as a rigorous scientific study. This crowd-sourced project is intended to create a global snapshot of changes to maternity and infant feeding practises happening right now.
6. We will collect responses until 30th April 2020.
Thanks for your help with this project!
Get started now!
Toni Harman is the co-producer/director of the of the multi award-winning documentary MICROBIRTH and co-author of the books, THE MICROBIOME EFFECT (UK & World) & YOUR BABY'S MICROBIOME (US/Canada). Toni is the founder and course leader of MICROBIRTH SCHOOL (MICROBIOME COURSES).
Toni has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service and appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts. Her work has been featured in The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Toni has written blog-post articles for Scientific American and the Huffington Post. Toni has also been keynote speaker at several international scientific, midwifery and breastfeeding conferences.
You can contact Toni Harman via the contact form HERE.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Our goal is to help health professionals understand the infant microbiome as this is the science that STRONGLY supports vaginal birth (when possible) and exclusive breastfeeding so that, in turn, health professionals can empower parents to make fully informed choices.