Practice Updates for November/December: Vaginal Seeding

Stay up to date with ACOG's authoritative clinical guidance and helpful patient education materials. The following provides Practice Updates for November and December 2016.


Featured Practice Advisory: Vaginal Seeding

In an ACOG Practice Advisory, ACOG recommends against the practice of vaginal seeding. Vaginal seeding refers to using gauze or a swab to “transfer’ vaginal fluids to an infant born via cesarean delivery to ameliorate the increased risk of autoimmune diseases, asthma, and allergic diseases found in children not exposed to vaginal microbiota. The presumption is that the reduced risk of autoimmune diseases, asthma, and allergic diseases in infants who are born vaginally is associated with their exposure to maternal vaginal microbiota. The Practice Advisory notes that there is no data about the safety and harms of vaginal seeding, but there is potential for harm from transfer of pathogens, such as group B streptococcus, herpes simplex virus, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Neisseria gonorrhea from mother to child.

Read the full Practice Advisory: Vaginal Seeding, updated November 8, 2016.


ACOG helps you stay informed of the latest Zika information:

ACOG’s Zika webpage

ACOG Zika Toolkit, including patient education video and infographic endorsed by CDC

ACOG/SMFM Practice Advisory on Zika

CDC Zika Virus Website

State Health Department Contact list for ob-gyns (members only) for questions on CDC’s Zika Registry

State Health Department Contact list for ob-gyns (members only) for questions on testing

CDC Zika Pregnancy Hotline for Health Care Providers: Ob-gyns can contact the CDC Zika Pregnancy Hotline at 770-488-7100 or email for any concerns related to clinical management or the US Zika Pregnancy Registry

Office of Population Affairs' Zika Toolkit




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