“Microbirth” filmmaker and author Toni Harman explains her journey from award-winning documentary filmmaker to becoming a passionate cheerleader for the infant microbiome.
In this presentation, Toni talks about the importance of educating parents about the critical microscopic events happening during physiological birth and breastfeeding.
Knowledge about this critical science can empower choices before, during and after birth. Armed with this knowledge, expectant parents can take positive steps to nurture and protect their own gut microbiome, and in turn, their child’s microbiome.
Toni will make a case for empowering parents with evidence-based knowledge about the microbiome early in pregnancy, so parents can make empowered choices during pregnancy and beyond.
Toni will argue that all parents have a right to the latest evidence-based information, explained in a way that is easy-to-understand. This can help parents make informed personalised choices that are right for them, their child and for their own personal circumstances. This can help reduce or even eliminate later feelings of "parent guilt". Crucially, educating parents early in pregnancy can potentially alter a child's trajectory of long-term health.
By the end of this presentation, the audience should be able to:
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