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Mode of Birth is just one of the factors that impact the microbiome of your newborn

The microbiome that a baby is born with is a key part of how it develops an immune system to fight disease. Babies born vaginally haven been shown to have a different microbiome to those born via caesarean but mode of birth is just one of several things thought to impact a baby’s microbiome.

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The way our babies are born affects their gut microbiome composition, their immune system development and their resistance to medicines, such as antibiotics, used to treat infections and diseases

Caesareans can be a life saving necessity in the birth of a baby. Current scientific research into the development of a baby’s gut microbiome suggests that the way a baby is born, i.e. vaginally or by caesarean, can have a significant effect on the early development of the baby’s gut microbiome.

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The Persistent Effects of Birth Mode on Gut Microbiota Composition, Immune System Development and Antimicrobial Resistance

It is believed that mode of birth (Vaginal or Caesarean) has a significant effect on early gut microbiota acquisition and development. Globally, the rate of caesarean birth is consistently increasing as a result of multiple factors. Among these factors are the increase in the overall income and the easy access to health facilities. In 2015, around 29.7 million births happened by caesarean, accounting for about 18% of the births in 169 countries.

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Information about the role that mode of birth plays in the microbiome of a baby. For the full expert interviews, head to 'meet the experts' in 'the science' menu at the top of this page.

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birth with dr steven leach

Dr Leach talks about the implications of an unbalanced microbiome at birth.

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birth with dr dani susic

Dr Susic explains the role of mode of birth on the microbiome of a baby.

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birth with dr dani susic

Dr Susic talks about her experience with birth, and how things don’t always go to plan.

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