Exposing a newborn baby that is born via a C-Section to different micro organisms from the skin,vagina and anal fluids, is a research study that has taken on greater focus and importance, as C Section babies often have higher rates of allergies and asthma. Microbes and viruses live in and on our bodies, and there is research that shows that there is much for science to learn about the different roles viruses and microbes play in creating the complex immune and digestive system in the human body. It has been discovered that except in cases of STD’s, or Step B, vaginal microbes can help baby’s immune and Digestive system.
Cesarean baby’s often show bacteria associated from exposure to the skin and exposure to possible antibiotics give to the mother in cases of Strep B or other health issues. Baby’s born vaginally have different types of bacteria; vaginally delivered infants acquired bacterial communities resembling their own mother’s vaginal microbiota, dominated by Lactobacillus, Prevotella, or Sneathia spp., and C-section infants harbored bacterial communities similar to those found on the skin surface, dominated by Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium, and Propionibacterium spp.
Discuss vaginal seeding with your DR if you are having a C Section. They take a sterile cotton swab and insert into vagina, and then swab baby’s mouth and face to expose the immune system of baby to the bacteria found in the mother’s body. Its a low cost and low tech way to help your baby’s immunity and digestive system. Remember to be tested for STD’s and Strep B, as that would eliminate the possibility of doing the seeding.
Use the C Section Recovery Kit with the belly belt in the Hospital to wrap your body and secure your incision so that you can move and walk more easily. Hold and breastfeed your baby with ease and feel empowered after your surgery! Please remember that the vacuum assist machine is very dangerous for the baby and please say NO to that process in your birth plan and in the delivery room.