Moms Delivering via C-Section Are Swabbing Their Vaginas in a Process Called 'Seeding'

When it comes to labor and delivery, you hear some pretty odd stuff. It's up to you to choose what you believe. Researchers now think moms should 'seed' their vaginas before C-section births.


It's OK if you're looking at your screen sideways right about now. Most (myself included) have no idea what the art of "seeding" is -- unless you're talking about gardening, which is already difficult to grasp.

Seeding as described on The Guardian is a process where you swab a newborn's skin -- including around the eyes and inside the mouth -- with a gauze you previously inserted inside your vagina.


Now before you role your eyes at this concept, can we at least agree to hear these experts out before asking them to "seed" themselves?

Researchers are coming to the conclusion there are many benefits to a vaginal delivery -- including the bacteria found south of the border. They believe children coated with their "mother's microbes" before exiting the vagina can experience wonderful  benefits as a result. Couple this with the fact cesarean-born infants are more likely to experience certain health problems (e.g. celiac disease, asthma, and type 1 diabetes), and you now have a study that hopes to prove vaginal bacteria is crucial to your child's health.

Some doctors believe this simple process will help lower infant health risks associated with C-section deliveries.

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I can only imagine what mommies who delivered via C-section feel every time they read something like this. On one hand, it is important to hear about new findings and risks if it will help save a life, or at least make things easier. Yet in the same breath, you don't want to receive constant criticism for not going the "traditional route."

Obviously all babies born vaginally aren't always healthy -- and not every child who comes via C-section experiences difficulties in life. Should however this study prove to be true, perhaps it can put an end to this war on delivery with just a simple swab of the vagine.


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