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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/health/study-sees-bigger-role-for-placenta-in-newborns-health.html

An article about new discoveries about the bacteria-rich environment of the placenta.

Previously thought to be "sterile", new research suggests that the placenta is actually filled with beneficial bacteria which play an important role in digestion and may be transferred to the baby.

The article raises questions about the wisdom of taking antibiotics during pregnancy except in an emergency due to the importance of preserving theses beneficial bacteria in the placenta.

The new study suggests that babies may acquire an important part of their normal gut bacteria from the placenta. If further research confirms the findings, that may be reassuring news for women who have had cesareans.

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Hi Claudia! Can you give us a summary of the article? Are there any points in it you would like to discuss? Rather than simply posting a link, we would like members to start discussions about articles they find interesting.
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Wow, what an amazing find! Now i regret not consuming the placenta from my two homebirths, because i never got round to it. I left them in the freezer ....

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Thanks, Claudia! Very interesting news!



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