Seeding Baby’s Micro Biomes After Cesarean Birth – {Boulder, CO Birth Photographer}

Research is showing more and more how important your gut flora is for your overall health. The movie Microbirth offers insights on the importance of transferring these helpful bacterias to infants during birth. Studies have shown that vaginally delivered babies have fewer auto-immune disorders and allergic conditions than babies born via cesarean. The movie goes on to discuss potential solutions to help babies born via cesarean get the benefits of the microbes and bacteria, one of which is using a vaginal swab shortly after birth.

I recently photographed a birth where the mom placed gauze in her birth canal prior to her cesarean birth. The gauze was then removed during the surgery and the dad used the gauze to wipe the face, mouth, hands, eyes and arms of the baby. It was a simple act that may prove to have long-term health benefits for the baby. The research is still on-going if this is an effective method for seeding the micro biome but it is a simple step that parents can take that research may show to be highly beneficial.

Seeding Baby's MicrobiomesIf you aren’t able to use take these steps during your birth research is also on-going on the benefits of exclusively breastfeeding your baby and the benefits that has on their micro biome.  NPR’s Science Friday had an interview that discusses the differences that are in babies that are exclusively breastfed versus those that are supplemented with formula, versus those that are exclusively breastfed. The researchers stated that there are clear differences, what the impact of those differences are is still being studied. There is also on-going research on how administering probiotics effects the micro biome in infants.  I highly recommend listening to the full episode here.

All this research is so fascinating and exciting. If you are interested in how to seed your baby’s micro biome I highly encourage you to talk to your care provider about your options.



  1. Ashley Kidder January 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Love all the information you posted here — and lovely images, too!

  2. Keziah January 21, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Interesting!! I feel like i’ve heard of this before but it’s cool to see it documented!

  3. Kayla Feldman Scott January 21, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Wow, this is so cool. Great work!

  4. Kristina Lynn January 24, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Wow I’ve never heard of this before. Really great information you shared here!

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