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jeudi 18 octobre 2018

Microbiome and birth

Pregnancy Ladies

Most babies get their first big dose of microbes at birth, while traveling through the birth canal, then pick up more while breastfeeding. Early microbes helped shape your immune system, your digestive system, even your brain.
Our micro biome is the micro bacteria that populates our body and there is a lot of research being carried out around how our micro biome might affect our baby’s health and wellbeing. There is a lot of discussion around this at the moment and it’s certainly an area that warrants further attention; if only so that you can consciously decide for yourself whether to take note and do anything about it, or not. There is a wonderful film on this subject subject by Toni Harman; MICROBIRTH and Toni has also authored a book on this topic; The Microbiome Effect, How Your Baby’s Birth Affects Their Future Health. So if I’m going to talk to anyone about this, it’s going to be Toni, right? I originally got in touch with Toni because of a personal question. I’d read a lot about the microbiome and how the seeding of bacteria within babies is affected by their birth, probably because of all the hype around her film! Anyhow, my baby was born en-caul and so I was curious as to how that might have affected my baby’s microbiome. So after a lengthy web search, a someone in a Facebook group suggested that I check out the film. I thought I’d go one-step further and get in touch with the director to invite them on the podcast. When I got in touch with Toni, I didn’t realise what a birth specialist she was though, so it turned into a real goldmine discovery. She’s also done a documentary about Doulas and has filmed at The Farm, so before we started recording we had a fabulous chat about all kinds of lovely birth and pregnancy things.

Microbiome and birth
When we eventually got round to pressing record, here are some of the things we talked about; 
-what the microbiome and why we should care about it 
-the possible health implications of babies missing out on bacterial seeding 
the various ways that babies receive their microbiome
-how we can boost our levels of good bacteria when we’re pregnant what we can do to support babies born en-caul in terms of microbiome-
-what we can do post birth to create optimal conditions for the good bacteria to flourish
-the difference between pre and pro biotics, and the role they play in our bacterial life 
-why we need to think positively about the presence of poo during birth
-the need for research into the long-term impact and health implications for many birth interventions used today

Early Years

Perfected by millions of years of evolution, mammalian breast milk contains the exact nutrients a baby needs and the right bacteria, too. And breast milk doesn't feed just the baby. It also feeds the baby’s microbiome.

These bacteria, and others that feed on breast milk, jump start the baby’s immune system and digestive system, help prevent infection and even affect brain development.

The early microbiome trains the body’s immune system to attack potentially dangerous microbes but leave benign ones alone.


Most babies get their first big dose of microbes at birth, while traveling through the birth canal, then pick up more while breastfeeding. Early microbes helped shape your immune system, your digestive system, even your brain.
Our micro biome is the micro bacteria that populates our body and there is a lot of research being carried out around how our micro biome might affect our baby’s health and wellbeing. There is a lot of discussion around this at the moment and it’s certainly an area that warrants further attention; if only so that you can consciously decide for yourself whether to take note and do anything about it, or not. There is a wonderful film on this subject subject by Toni Harman; MICROBIRTH and Toni has also authored a book on this topic; The Microbiome Effect, How Your Baby’s Birth Affects Their Future Health. So if I’m going to talk to anyone about this, it’s going to be Toni, right? I originally got in touch with Toni because of a personal question. I’d read a lot about the microbiome and how the seeding of bacteria within babies is affected by their birth, probably because of all the hype around her film! Anyhow, my baby was born en-caul and so I was curious as to how that might have affected my baby’s microbiome. So after a lengthy web search, a someone in a Facebook group suggested that I check out the film. I thought I’d go one-step further and get in touch with the director to invite them on the podcast. When I got in touch with Toni, I didn’t realise what a birth specialist she was though, so it turned into a real goldmine discovery. She’s also done a documentary about Doulas and has filmed at The Farm, so before we started recording we had a fabulous chat about all kinds of lovely birth and pregnancy things.

Microbiome and birth
When we eventually got round to pressing record, here are some of the things we talked about; 
-what the microbiome and why we should care about it 
-the possible health implications of babies missing out on bacterial seeding 
the various ways that babies receive their microbiome
-how we can boost our levels of good bacteria when we’re pregnant what we can do to support babies born en-caul in terms of microbiome-
-what we can do post birth to create optimal conditions for the good bacteria to flourish
-the difference between pre and pro biotics, and the role they play in our bacterial life 
-why we need to think positively about the presence of poo during birth
-the need for research into the long-term impact and health implications for many birth interventions used today

Early Years

Perfected by millions of years of evolution, mammalian breast milk contains the exact nutrients a baby needs and the right bacteria, too. And breast milk doesn't feed just the baby. It also feeds the baby’s microbiome.

These bacteria, and others that feed on breast milk, jump start the baby’s immune system and digestive system, help prevent infection and even affect brain development.

The early microbiome trains the body’s immune system to attack potentially dangerous microbes but leave benign ones alone.


Most babies get their first big dose of microbes at birth, while traveling through the birth canal, then pick up more while breastfeeding. Early microbes helped shape your immune system, your digestive system, even your brain.
Our micro biome is the micro bacteria that populates our body and there is a lot of research being carried out around how our micro biome might affect our baby’s health and wellbeing. There is a lot of discussion around this at the moment and it’s certainly an area that warrants further attention; if only so that you can consciously decide for yourself whether to take note and do anything about it, or not. There is a wonderful film on this subject subject by Toni Harman; MICROBIRTH and Toni has also authored a book on this topic; The Microbiome Effect, How Your Baby’s Birth Affects Their Future Health. So if I’m going to talk to anyone about this, it’s going to be Toni, right? I originally got in touch with Toni because of a personal question. I’d read a lot about the microbiome and how the seeding of bacteria within babies is affected by their birth, probably because of all the hype around her film! Anyhow, my baby was born en-caul and so I was curious as to how that might have affected my baby’s microbiome. So after a lengthy web search, a someone in a Facebook group suggested that I check out the film. I thought I’d go one-step further and get in touch with the director to invite them on the podcast. When I got in touch with Toni, I didn’t realise what a birth specialist she was though, so it turned into a real goldmine discovery. She’s also done a documentary about Doulas and has filmed at The Farm, so before we started recording we had a fabulous chat about all kinds of lovely birth and pregnancy things.

Microbiome and birth
When we eventually got round to pressing record, here are some of the things we talked about; 
-what the microbiome and why we should care about it 
-the possible health implications of babies missing out on bacterial seeding 
the various ways that babies receive their microbiome
-how we can boost our levels of good bacteria when we’re pregnant what we can do to support babies born en-caul in terms of microbiome-
-what we can do post birth to create optimal conditions for the good bacteria to flourish
-the difference between pre and pro biotics, and the role they play in our bacterial life 
-why we need to think positively about the presence of poo during birth
-the need for research into the long-term impact and health implications for many birth interventions used today

Early Years

Perfected by millions of years of evolution, mammalian breast milk contains the exact nutrients a baby needs and the right bacteria, too. And breast milk doesn't feed just the baby. It also feeds the baby’s microbiome.

These bacteria, and others that feed on breast milk, jump start the baby’s immune system and digestive system, help prevent infection and even affect brain development.

The early microbiome trains the body’s immune system to attack potentially dangerous microbes but leave benign ones alone.

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