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The Facts About Vaginal Seeding


Pregnancy fads come and go. Some people let professional photographers in the delivery room to record the birth. Other moms eat their baby’s placenta.

Add this trend to the list: vaginal seeding. It’s when newborns delivered by C-section are swabbed with their mother’s vaginal fluid soon after birth. The practice is controversial, and some researchers believe it may even be dangerous. Here’s what you need to know.

Why It’s Done

For vaginal seeding, your doctor places gauze swabs in your vagina during your C-section. As soon as your baby comes out, she’ll get rubbed with the swabs all over her face and body, including her eyes and mouth. The goal is to give your baby all the same bacteria that she would pass through during a vaginal birth.
Babies born by C-section are slightly more likely to have allergies, asthma, and other diseases. One possibility is that babies who don’t get exposed to the “good” bacteria that line the mother’s vagina miss out on a stronger immune system. Research suggests that C-section infants may have fewer kinds of gut bacteria, known as the microbiome, than babies who arrive through the birth canal.


So far, only one study has backed up the benefits of seeding. When researchers swabbed four babies born by scheduled C-section with gauze that had been exposed to mom’s vaginal fluids for about an hour, they found that a month later the bacteria on their skin and in their mouth were similar to those of babies born vaginally. That wasn’t the case with the 11 C-section babies who hadn’t been swabbed.
But the study was too small to say if the practice is safe or effective. More recent research has found that the differences in bacteria among C-section and vaginally born babies disappear by the time they’re 6 weeks old. That suggests that an infant’s body will make the natural adjustments it needs no matter how she came into the world.

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