Moms Are Being Urged Against the Latest Birth Trend Called ‘Vaginal Seeding’

September 1, 2017
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Moms Are Being Urged Against the Latest Birth Trend Called ‘Vaginal Seeding’

I’m not the kind of mother that is crazy about new birthing, feeding, sleeping, styling or parenting trends when it comes to how I raise my children. In fact, I tend to use one old-fashioned trend that seems to have gotten out of style in recent years, and that’s using common sense. As a mother, I don’t want to pose any harm to my child and at the end of the day by job is to make sure that he is happy, healthy and growing up well-adjusted to this world.

Now, that’s not to say that I don’t have an open mind when it comes to new birthing and parenting trends because some do sound rather interesting.

But if there’s one trend that’s a hot topic right now, it’s vaginal seeding and according to experts, it’s something that you should avoid at all costs. But moms are doing it anyway.

Here’s what you need to know.

Vaginal Seeding

Vaginal seeding is a relatively new practice that has caught on among some mothers who give birth by caesarean section.

It works like this: prior to delivery, the mother inserts a pad of gauze into her vagina to soak up fluids there. The idea is that vaginal seeding allows a baby born via caesarean section to come into contact with bacteria from the birth canal.

Risks

New mothers are increasingly requesting ‘seeding’ after having a C-section because studies have shown that it partially balances a baby’s immune system. But now doctors at the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also warned against it. That’s because of the possibility of infections such as group-B streptococcus, E. coli and a range of sexually transmitted infections.

Dr Tine Clausen, a study author and a consultant at Nordsjaellands Hospital in Denmark, said: “We know that women and their partners are increasingly speaking to their doctors about vaginal seeding.”

She told the BBC News website: “I really understand, it’s a fascinating thought that you’re able to mimic nature by doing the seeding, but it’s based on some theoretical thoughts and we don’t have evidence to support it.”

Comments & Critics

Dr. Clausen also said that mothers should “avoid unnecessary [Caesarean] sections, aim for breast feeding for at least half a year and to have early skin-to-skin contact,” which I’m sure is something we can all agree with.

As you can imagine, the practice has gotten a lot of criticism online. Many have left comments such as:

“C-sections should only be done for health reasons. Elective ones for convenience should not be allowed.”

“If your that worried as a new mum, then breastfeed. It does the same thing, adding immunity boosting power.”

“Next they will suggest rolling a newborn in mud and dirt as a means of building up resistance.”

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5 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    September 3, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I feel the same, that a C section should only ve excersized for emergency. I think seeding sounds like a great solution and should defiantly be studied more. I believe from the studies I have read that a kennel birth and breast feeding have similar but are a bit different interns of their purpose and even in that sense it’s still being studied and we are finding out so much.

  2. Diana Cherwaty

    September 4, 2017 at 4:21 am

    As a delivery ,newborn and mother and baby care but most importantly a 29 year NICU Registered Nurse in an Ontario hospital , I just want to emphasize that many C-sections are done,not for convenience, but most importantly to AVOID exposure in the birth canal of the baby because the mother to be has had in the past few days and/or weeks a group B strept or an e-coli vaginal infection. One does not want a baby exposed to either of those, as the results can be deadly. In our unit , we caught a few, that we had no knowledge of, and were lucky to have quickly picked up on the signs.Death can come quickly and no one wants that. Some pregnant women don’t and won’t divulge their past, and present with only a little time until delivery and if we are not aware that there has been a previous infection of the vaginal canal unfortunately we don’t do a C- section. Having never heard of this practice I would get lots of prenatal education going both with the GP’s, nurse practitioners and OBG doctors. Scary , with negative potential.

  3. Amanda

    September 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    This sounds stupid and disgusting! The comment about rolling a baby in mud is laughable.

  4. Coco

    September 19, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I agree, this sounds pretty disgusting to me too…

  5. SD

    September 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    So, more research needs to be done about the dangers of the increasing rates of cesarean and how this can be damaging to the evolution humans. Seeing does sound strange. However, if we do know that babies exposed to mothers bacteria (except in the case of group b strep) do benefit, what’s the harm until we know for sure. Ever see the film “Microbirth”? Very interesting topic. I don’t condemn mothers who are trying their best to protect their children and do what’s best. Since this is a new “discovery”, I’m interested to see the future of the research and what it supports. In the meantime, I’m kinda like… What’s the harm?

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