There’s a new trend in birthing suites all over Australia.
It’s got parents like me intrigued, and non-parents well, kind of grossed out. But, is there more to this practice than just compiling ammunition to freak out your kids later in life?
Enter “Seeding”; a birth practice whereby mothers who have their babies via c-section take swabs of their vaginal fluid to rub on the face, body and in the mouth of their new baby.
Weird? Yeah, kinda. But just hold up a minute before you get all grossed out by it. There may actually be more behind the idea of Seeding than good old-fashioned nut-baggery from a “wellness” blog.
It all comes from the idea that a natural birth via the lady tunnel exposes a baby to a range of bacteria to which mum already possesses a certain level of immunity.
Absolutely no filter. Babies seconds after they are born. (Post continues after gallery.)
During the natural birth process, the immunity and healthy bacteria is passed on to the baby. C- section bubs obviously miss out on this journey, and with it, the immunity and bacteria they would have otherwise received from their mother.
Studies have shown notable differences in the gut health of babies born via caesarian section to those who take the traditional escape route. Amongst these differences is increasing information that suggests that babies who depart via the sunroof have increased instances of digestive and immunity issues both in childhood, and into their adult life.
So does it actually work? Well, scientists seem to think so.
A study currently under way at New York University indicates that while not identical to the benefits of a natural birth, babies who are ‘seeded’ appear to enjoy an increase in overall gut health and a reduction in gut related disease.
Have you watched Ben Fordham talk about being at the birth of his children? It is so worth it. (Post continues after video.)