What is vaginal seeding and why might it be an important practice for babies born by cesarean section? Two modern medical practices, antibiotic use and cesarean section, carry consequences even when used appropriately. Studies have demonstrated that babies born by cesarean have a greater lifetime risk of obesity, Type 1 diabetes, asthma, and celiac disease.
Joining me is Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, one of the most accomplished and respected microbiome researchers in the world and arguably the leading researcher on the infant microbiome and cesarean section.
Dr. Dominguez-Bello’s landmark pilot study on the partial repopulation of the microbiome of babies born by cesarean led to the term vaginal seeding. We discuss the practice of vaginal seeding, the effects of cesarean section, consequences of antibiotic use, probiotics, and ongoing clinical trials at the forefront of infant microbiome research.
“We have evidence that we can normalize the microbiota of babies that are born by c-section if they are exposed to vaginal bacteria.” – Dr. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello @avivaromm