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The Microbiome and Your Baby’s Immune System, with Toni Harman
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #102
How your baby is born will determine what microorganisms get where, when. It’s a beautifully orchestrated process with lifelong implications for your baby’s health. So what if you have a cesarean birth, take antibiotics, or are not able to breastfeed? Toni Harman tells us more. Check it out!
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What we talked about:
What is the microbiome?
Understanding the “seed-and-feed” process
Changes in the vaginal microbiome during the 3rd trimester
Why it’s actually amazingly good for you to poop during pushing
Why sequence of arrival matters
How the microbiome trains the infant’s immune system
The increased risk of certain diseases later in life for Cesarean born babies
Elective vs. emergency Cesareans
Labor’s apparent effect on epigenetics
The issues with Cesarean births
The issues with antibiotics and being GBS+
Effects of breastfeeding in getting things relatively back on track
Living a microbiome-friendly life
This episode is brought to you by Natural Breastfeeding,
Toni Harman is a documentary filmmaker turned author. Toni has spent the past 20 years producing and directing films including the documentaries DOULA!, FREEDOM FOR BIRTH and the multi-award winning documentary MICROBIRTH. Her extensive research for MICROBIRTH ignited a passion for the microbiome resulting in Toni co-authoring YOUR BABY’S MICROBIOME with her partner Alex Wakeford.