C-section babies could benefit from microbial transfer from mom’s vagina


Babies delivered by C-section differ from babies delivered vaginally in the makeup of the microbes (microbiome) that live in and on their bodies. These early microbiomes help educate the baby’s developing immune system. In a small pilot study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai determined that a simple swab to transfer vaginal microbes from a mother to her C-section-delivered newborn can alter the baby’s microbial makeup (microbiome) in a way that more closely resembles the microbiome of a vaginally delivered baby.