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The practise of smearing microbes from mom’s vagina to the mouth, nose or skin of a baby born from Caesarean section is called ‘vaginal seeding.’ It aims to boost the child’s immune system. (Shutterstock)

What is ‘vaginal seeding’ and will it help your C-section baby?

A recent study of the newborn microbiome revealed that babies delivered via C-section were missing friendly bacteria and had picked up harmful microbes usually found in hospital environments.
James Young Simpson’s Caesarian forceps, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. Stephencdickson/Wikipedia

How forceps permanently changed the way humans are born

Childbirth used to be a terrifying ordeal. But women were surrounded by others – mothers, aunts, sisters – who brought love and experience. But midway through the 19th century, this changed.
Caesarean delivery alone does not contribute to the odds of a child developing autism or ADHD. Aditya Romansa

There’s no evidence caesarean sections cause autism or ADHD

A new study has found a link between being born by caesarean section and having a greater chance of being diagnosed with autism or ADHD. But there's no evidence caesarean sections cause them.
What are the differences between planned assisted childbirth with midwife at home versus delivery with obstetrician at a hospital? M-SUR/Shutterstock.com

Home birth may start babies off with health-promoting microbes

Evidence suggests that microbes play a vital role in health. But what microbes we get depends whether we were born in a hospital versus at home. That could impact our health decades later.

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