“We think that one of the reasons that babies born by C-section are at increased risk for these diseases is because they don’t receive that first beneficial exposure to their mother’s vaginal microbiome,” says Dr. Suchitra Hourigan at Inova Women’s Hospital.

“We think that one of the reasons that babies born by C-section are at increased risk for these diseases is because they don’t receive that first beneficial exposure to their mother’s vaginal microbiome,” says Dr. Suchitra Hourigan at Inova Women’s Hospital.