Did you know that bacteria is a part of a body’s natural biome? This means that all people carry bacteria in their body. Today, we are talking about a specific form of bacteria, called Group Beta Strep (Streptococcus), that is carried by approximately 1 in 4 women.
Around 30% of American babies are delivered by cesarean birth. Some people have a planned cesarean delivery due to the baby being breech (feet/butt down versus head down) or another medical indication. These types of cesareans are typically prescheduled. Others find themselves having an urgent or emergent cesarean section during their course of labor.
As your due date approaches you might start hearing or thinking about being induced. For some women, inductions are recommended to address medical risk factors (for example, pre-eclampsia), whereas for others, inductions may be offered as a choice once they reach their 39th week of pregnancy.
It’s also traditionally been a time where the baby was whisked away within minutes for being cleaned up and more, and then eventually returned to mom. We know now that's not the best practice, and the transition between birth and the first hour is critical for the health of mom and baby.