C-Section Babies Have a Unique Microbiome—Here’s Why That Matters Popular Science

Read article - Quotes Anne Hoen, assistant professor of epidemiology, biomedical data science, and microbiology and immunology, about a study that found that early in life, babies born by cesarean section have different gut bacteria than babies born vaginally—instead of picking up microbes from their mothers, they take on bacteria from the hospital environment. "That allowed them to show that not only is being born by C-section associated with a perturbed microbiome, but it showed nicely that this is because vaginally born babies are inheriting their mom's microbiomes—and C-section babies aren't doing that," says Hoen. "That was the idea before, but this data nicely demonstrated that concept."