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Natural Birth Microbes vs Sterile C-Section
Baby, puppy, kitten or calf, the miracle of birth transfers the mother’s microbial colony to her offspring as it moves through the vaginal tract
In the process of becoming a newborn, the fetus picks up bacteria from the mother's vaginal canal. The mouth is often open upon delivery and the just-born is covered in copious secretions. When we interfere with the birth process for medical reasons or as is often the case with dog breeders, for scheduling convenience or because some breeds may require C-section delivery, we invite trouble.
As science moves forward we re-discover what we once knew instinctively. Innovative hospitals acknowledge the importance of the mother’s “germs” being transmitted to her newborn.
For example, when a caesarean is scheduled, New York University inserts a sterile gauze pad into the mother’s vaginal tract an hour before the surgery. Just before she is wheeled in for the caesarean delivery, they remove the gauze and carefully preserve it. As soon as the baby’s airways are cleared, the “germ-rich” gauze is used to swab the newborn’s mouth, body and anus. This restores the anti-bacterial microbes the newborn missed by not having passed slowly through the vaginal canal, thus missing contact with the mother’s microbe-containing fluids.
The importance of microbe-rich birth fluids was first promoted in a 2014 documentary but incredibly it has taken years for medical professionals to “get it”. Apparently they don’t teach common sense in medical school, the basis of which is accept and learn from reality.
Here is an astounding example of a human microbial colony so strong it resisted anti-biotics! Why? Because antibiotics were foreign to the gut bacteria of the remote Amazonian tribe so their gut-microbes attacked the invader! Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, associate professor of medicine at New York University, was studying Amazon cultures when she discovered that the Yanomami tribe harbored such anti-bacterial microbes.
The virtually untouched civilization had experienced no exposure to modern “germs” or medical treatments for nearly 11,000 years. They had no soap… They ate with their hands, including raw meat and uncooked vegetation loaded with “germs”.
The professor points out that modern man lives in a sterile environment compared to former civilizations. Just imagine the germs our ancestors carried! Then realize how strong our immune systems were... Were that not the case, how could a mammalian species have survived? Think about the fact that all carnivores ate carrion. Dead stuff. Loaded with “germs”. Like the buzzard, their immune systems were, well, immune to such bacteria.
Print out this article for your veterinarian or obstetrician. If you choose to schedule a caesarean delivery, whether for your dog or yourself, you can still preserve the birth fluids with which to swab the newborn.
Take a zip-lock plastic freezer bag so the veterinarian can save at least one afterbirth. Then “anoint” the newborn puppies with the dam’s fluids as soon as they are put in the nest with her. This is especially important for a first-time mother because the surgical interdiction may have robbed her of the cleaning, licking instinct she now needs to employ. The puppies will be naturally anointed and the dam’s maternal instinct activated.
Nature has a plan for everything, except perhaps the duckbilled platypus but even that strange creature contributed to the ecosystem. As medicine moves away from nature and more into science, we have to wonder what the future holds for our dogs - and what’s in store for mankind.
 (off-site opens in a window) Resistance antibiotics found in isolated Amazonian tribe