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Biol Neonate. 1996;69(1):30-5.

Transmission of mother's microflora to the newborn at birth.

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Institute of Microbiology, University of Tartu, Estonia.


Our aim was to study the initial microbial colonization of the newborns by comparing it with their mothers' vaginal microflora. Nineteen mother-newborn pairs were examined at delivery. We found a close association, both qualitative and quantitative, between the individually different microflora of a mother's vagina and that of her newborn. The degree of contamination of the newborn significantly correlated with the counts of microorganisms found in the vagina of mothers. In 85% of investigated individual mother-newborn pairs we revealed similar predominant microorganisms. There were no cases of the mothers and their newborns harbouring similar potentially pathogenic prevailing microorganisms.

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