Latest science is revealing the critical importance of a baby being exposed to the right set of microbes during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. For the optimal training of the baby’s immune system, these microbes should come from the baby’s mother.
These microbes are transferred from mother to baby during vaginal birth, skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding and have been passed down through generations. They establish the baby’s bacterial ecosystem, known as the microbiome, and they will have a lifelong influence on the baby’s health.
Research is indicating that medical interventions, including C-section and formula feeding, interfere with early microscopic “seeding” processes, which could explain why babies born by C-section are at increased risk of developing immune-related conditions including asthma, allergies, type-1 diabetes and coeliac disease.
Microbirth is a multi-award winning documentary exploring the latest science about the ‘seeding and feeding’ of a baby’s microbiome during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. The film features some of the scientists behind the actual ground-breaking research.
Following the success of the film, we’ve written a book aimed at parents and healthcare professionals: The Microbiome Effect (UK edition) and Your Baby’s Microbiome (US edition)
In Spring 2017, we will be launching continuing education resources aimed at healthcare professionals including online courses and one-day workshops.
Microbirth is an award-winning landmark feature documentary about the microscopic events happening during birth and breastfeeding that shape the lifelong health of our children.
Featuring 12 world-leading professors, Microbirth highlights an urgent public health issue: medicalised birth and formula feeding could be impacting the future health of our children.
Available to watch online or to buy on DVD
THE BOOK (UK)
Drawing on their extensive research for Microbirth, authors Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford reveal a fascinating new view of childbirth and how microscopic events during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding can have lifelong consequences not only for ourselves and our children, but also for the species as a whole.
The UK edition of “The Microbiome Effect” is published by Pinter & Martin.
THE BOOK (USA - CANADA)
The North American edition of the book, “Your Baby’s Microbiome”, is published by Chelsea Green.
LEARN ABOUT THE INFANT MICROBIOME IN PREGANCY, BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING
Over 3 hours of high quality videos exploring the seeding and feeding of the infant microbiome. Learn from some of the scientists behind the actual research.
New from the makers of Microbirth and award winning Health Professional Bridget Supple, a practical intensive one-day workshop aimed at birth professionals on the Microbiome, Birth and Breastfeeding.
Aimed at childbirth educators, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants and other healthcare professionals.