I’ve been wanting to post about birth and healthy guts for a while now. Years ago I read an article that had a profound impact on me. It was Jeff Leach’s “C-sections, breastfeeding, and bugs for your baby.” His piece changed the way I viewed the birth canal. Cesareans aren’t just another way to give birth. Being born through an incision bypasses an extremely important step in the birth process–being colonized by the “base population” of the mother’s vaginal and fecal microflora. Following birth, breastfeeding continues the transfer of healthy microflora (probiotics) from the mother to the infant.
I’ve encountered several statements similar to this one over the last week:
“While I do not agree with home birth…”
A few things come to mind when I hear this statement.
1) How can you “disagree” that home birth was right for me or anyone else? Do you know my medical history? Do you know my midwives’ level of experience and the quality of their outcomes? Do you know your own care provider’s? How many home birth studies have you examined?