Home Health Parents News Now Vaginal Birth Found to Trigger Baby's Brain-Boosting Proteins Vaginal Birth Found to Trigger Baby's Brain-Boosting Proteins By Holly Lebowitz Rossi August 10, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print shutterstock_101285830 29811 "We were looking at the protein, and we realized that if you take a 'normal birth' mouse and compare it to a 'c-section mouse,' there are very different levels in the hippocampus," Tamas Horvath, a professor of biomedical research and chair at the department of comparative medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, told The Huffington Post. The findings were published in the online research journal PLoS One, Wednesday. The "uncoupling 2 protein," or UCP2, is important to the development of the circuitry in the hippocampus, which helps with the formation and storage of memory. Development, he said, was "very important for behavior in the long run." But because the research was done in mice, it is highly preliminary. The research also looked at vaginal birth broadly, not at whether anesthesia use could influence protein production. Researchers do not yet know why different delivery modes influence the protein, although Horvath guessed that the pressure and stress of traveling the birth canal may trigger it. Image: Mother in labor at hospital, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Vaginal Birth Found to Trigger Baby's Brain-Boosting Proteins Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.