Opinion: No evidence 'vaginal swabbing' helps caesarean babies

RECENTLY in both the media1 and academic literature2, there have been a number of articles about epigenetics and more recently, the microbiome. 

Global concerns about the rising caesarean section rate in many countries and falling normal birth rates has sparked interest in considering the unintended consequences of this shift in the way we give birth. 

This is especially so on the predisposition to disease and the impact of microbial changes. 

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