Column: Home births, midwives, hospitals and the battle over being born | PBS NewsHour

A study released last month highlighting the risk associated with home births has reignited an increasingly polarizing debate among obstetricians, midwives and opinionated mothers everywhere.

Source: Column: Home births, midwives, hospitals and the battle over being born | PBS NewsHour

Post-Cesarean Bacteria Transfer Could Change Health for Life, Study Shows – The New York Times

A new study shows that a mother’s beneficial microbes can be transferred, at least partially, from her vagina to her baby after a C-section.”  (The New York Times)

My colleagues here in Westchester County have been practicing this for the last few years.  Nice to see that The New York Times has picked up the story, which, like the story about the NHS in the UK recommending midwifery care to low-risk pregnant women instead of OB/hospital care — will hopefully mean that that swabbing the vagina pre-surgery and transferring the microbes to the baby directly following will become standard practice.

Source: Post-Cesarean Bacteria Transfer Could Change Health for Life, Study Shows – The New York Times