Studies are being conducted that aim to determine if there are benefits to a newborn being exposed to their parent's vaginal flora. Should parents explore microbiome seeding of their cesarean born newborn with vaginal secretions from the birthing parent?
The Lancet Series shows that the global rate of cesarean birth has doubled in the past 15 years to 21%, and is increasing annually by 4%. It is estimated that there are 6.2 million unnecessary cesareans done each year. China and Brazil together make up half of this number.
In new research, researchers concluded that explained some of the observed benefits of human milk at the breast/chest for human babies—the biological norm reduces stress hormones and the impact they can have on the body.
Interview with Carol Sakala, PhD., Director of Childbirth Connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families and one of the lead researchers on the Listening to Mothers in California research where parents' voices are heard about their childbearing experiences.
A new report, Listening to Mothers in California, was released last week and there is valuable information for consumers and birth professionals to be found from this research. Read all about these study findings.