This past week I listened to a online keynote speech led by Penny Simkin during the Gold Midwifery Conference .
It is available here http://www.goldmidwifery.com/keynote-recording This the abstract from Penny Simkin that briefly explains microbiomes. This is the PDF from her keynote please read it: http://www.goldmidwifery.com/pdf/handouts/2015/PennySimkin.pdf if is in the future taken down I do have it available.
As I listened to her Keynote I found myself constantly nodding my head in agreement. This is going to be a huge change and one I feel very strongly about. I am the mother of 6 and half of my children were born at home. My last baby was a born at 33 weeks. His story is here http://gracefulbeginningsdoulaservices.com/2014/11/in-honor-of-national-preemie-day-november-17/
So much about his start to life was not natural and learning more about microbiomes validates why he was sick so much his first few years. He was in the NICU a few days but he never received anything but my breast milk and no bottles (unless they went behind my back ) He has SPD, borderline other issues. There is talk that the severe alteration of birth and microbiome at birth are causing such changes that is why we see so much cancer, Autism and much more.
There are SO many things about this subject that we do not know . Research is just beginning. But for a long time I have felt strongly with regard to my own births, skin to skin, no interventions. No suctioning at birth, no eye ointment or Vit K. No bathing. Not allowing others to hold my baby. Bringing my own blankets or towels to hospital .So much about my instinctual parenting ways I feel is due to this .
As a doula when I attend births I often refuse to hold their baby because I felt so strongly that baby needed to only be held by mom and dad. Now learning all of this i see why it is even as crucial as I instinctively felt!
I have much more to say on this subject . I will include a “Score card ” that Penny Simkin has made. I highly encourage you all to do your research (which I will include at the bottom links ) Do not be afraid to bring this up to your care provider, include it in your birth plans. It is YOUR BABY YOUR BIRTH. The birth experience can very well as we know shape the future of your children. Even pregnancy and prior, eating organic foods as close to natural state as possible. Not using any chemicals in the home. Our water we drink and the water we bath in.
I am planning to locally host a viewing of http://microbirth.com/
“Microbirth” is a new 60 minute documentary investigating the latest scientific research about the microscopic events happening during childbirth. These events could have life-long consequences for the health of our children and potentially could even impact many.
Practices that Disrupt the Infant Microbiome
Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)
Check the factors listed below that took place with baby ___________________ during the first 3 (or more days) of life.
If you wish, you may add the reason it was done.
“Microbiome-Friendly” Birth Events and Practices
Spontaneous onset of labor at term
Adequate labor progress
Non-pharmacologic means of pain management
Straight to mother’s body, skin-to-skin for unhurried holding and breastfeeding
Parents’ blanket from home covering mother and baby. Non-parents see, don’t hold baby for first hours
Nurses keep baby in mother’s/parents’ arms as much as possible for all procedures
Baby fed only breastmilk.
Baby remains with or near parents all the time.
“Microbiome-Disrupting” Birth Events and Practices
Premature birth (weeks’ gestation)
Birth by planned or unplanned cesarean (circle which)
antibiotics to mother and/or baby (specify who received them)
Held first by medical staffer before mother (specify who, how long)
Time lapse after birth before mother held baby (how long? _____________)
Wrapped in hospital blanket for first contact with mother
Held by non-parents (family, friends, staff) in first hours after birth
Early bath (before 24 hours of age)
Fed with formula or glucose water Stayed in nursery without parent Conclusions –
did this baby have a “Microbiome-Friendly” or a “Microbiome-Disrupted birth
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