Question holding…

“The baby comes from the womb relatively germ-free, and yet within one hour, scientists say the human baby has been colonized with millions of microbes. The question is, whose microbes? One person should be doing this “seeding”, and it is the mother who just gave birth to the baby. Wait one hour for anyone else to hold the baby, if at all possible. While it is lovely for the other parent to hold the baby, and any siblings and grandparents, this can be delayed for the first hour until the baby has received his microbiome transfer from the mother. Vaginal birth is just the first step in this important process: the hour after birth is vitally important, too.”

– Vicki Penwell


Penwell V (2016) Microbiome and Midwives. Midwifery Today 120: 28-29.
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1 comment for “Question holding…

  1. Jo
    January 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    For the women I support who have had caesarean births under general anaesthetic this won’t be a quote I’ll be sharing with them. They (sometimes) have to wait one hour plus to meet their babies and would find it enormously comforting knowing that their partner or another family member or friend had held their baby during that hour, as opposed to the baby being ‘colonised’ by something less nurturing.

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