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Sixty seconds on . . . vaginal seeding

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1095 (Published 25 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1095
  1. Gareth Iacobucci

First of all, what is it?

The term describes the use of a gauze swab to transfer maternal vaginal fluid (and therefore vaginal microbiota) onto infants born by caesarean section.

Sounds a bit unpleasant

It might rank alongside faecal transplants in the Top Trumps of new, distasteful sounding medical procedures. But just as faecal transplantation has become a common treatment for Clostridium difficile infection, …

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