In this episode, we are joined by Toni Harman a filmmaker, author, course creator and champion of the microbiome. Toni has produced and directed a number of internationally distributed documentary films including: 

  • MICROBIRTH – about the origins of the human microbiome
  • FREEDOM FOR BIRTH – about the struggle for women’s rights in childbirth DOULA! – about the work of birth and postnatal doulas. 

Toni’s extensive research for MICROBIRTH led to her co-authoring the books THE MICROBIRTH EFFECT and YOUR BABY’s MICROBIOME. 

In this episode:

    • Explore the impact of birth on a baby’s microbiome and immune system with guest Toni Harman
    • Learn about the importance of doulas, skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding initiation
    • Discover the vital role of the microbiome in human health, particularly during birth
    • Gain valuable tips on restoring and supporting gut health

Key Takeaways:

    • Birth impacts a baby’s microbiome and immune system, with vaginal birth providing optimal exposure to maternal microbes
    • Doulas play a crucial role in supporting skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding initiation
    • Embracing the messiness of birth is key for optimal microbiome seeding and feeding
    • Strategies to restore and support gut health include skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, a diverse diet, and engaging with nature

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