9. “Swab-seeding’ and other suggestions for C-section

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Disclaimer: this video is intended for informational and educational purposes only. The video should not be regarded as medical advice. Any concerns relating to a person’s health, or the health of their child, should always be discussed with a doctor or healthcare provider.

Video Interview Presentation: 3 professors discuss ideas about what might be done to partially restore the altered microbiome of children born by C-section. The discussion covers diet and lifestyle choices that could be beneficial for children later in life.

The video also features Dr Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello from New York University talking about her pioneering ‘swab-seeding’ research, also known (after our MICROBIRTH documentary) as ‘microbirthing’. This research involves wiping a newborn C-section baby with a swab taken from the mum’s vagina. The preliminary research indicates that this could help partially restore the microbiome of babies that need to be born by C-section.

Dr Dominguez-Bello’s research is ongoing, and just to be clear, this is not a recognised recommended medical procedure yet. The research has strict protocols and there are certain risks involved, in terms of making sure that the mum’s vagina does not carry pathogens.

The video features Dr Dominguez Bello explaining the procedure and the preliminary results.

The video features 3 professors:

PHILIP STEER, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics, Imperial College London & Editor Emeritus, BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (medical / obstetric expert on C-Sections)

RODNEY DIETERT, Professor of Immunotoxicology, Cornell University (provides brilliant big-picture analysis of global health research and expert in human immune system, author of THE HUMAN SUPERORGANISM)

MARIA GLORIA DOMINGUEZ BELLO, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, New York University (expert in infant microbiome research)

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