Re: “Vaginal seeding” of infants born by caesarean section
A sensible article and points I raise when teaching medical students. However I would like to point the authors to a recent article that they did not refer to which shows early evidence that the vaginal swab technique after caesarean section may partically restore/replete microbiota in infants. I believe mothers in this study were screened for potentially pathological vaginal flora to increase safety. (http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/pdf/nm.4039.pdf)
Competing interests: On the Advisory Board of Human Rights in Childbirth (NGO) and on the Board of Directors of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organisation (UN recognised NGO). Both are charities.