Episode 307: Testing Mama and Baby’s Microbiome with Cheryl Sew Hoy of Tiny Health

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Dr. Elana interviews Cheryl Sew Hoy, the CEO & Founder of Tiny Health, a gut microbiome startup that focuses on expecting parents and their babies. Tiny Health is the first ever baby gut health test to ever come to the market where parents can order directly, without the need of a doctor’s order. 

During this interview, we dive deep into what to expect from a baby’s microbiome from birth and through the first 1,000 days of life. We review how a baby’s microbiome differs from adults’ and what we can do to optimize a child’s microbiome to help with lifelong optimal health! 

If interested in testing any of your family members, from pregnancy, newborn, and even adults, Tiny Health offers $20 off each kit using code ELANA20. You never know what you will find until you test! 

Topics Discussed: 

  • How the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are so crucial in creating a balanced microbiome
  • The biggest differences between baby gut health and adult gut health and why the science for the former is much clearer than the latter
  • Surprising finds from testing thousands of babies’ gut microbiomes that all moms want to know!
  • Fermented foods and how to best use them for optimal health
  • Future research in baby’s microbiome 
  • How a baby’s microbiome can influence immune disorders as adults
  • What Tiny Health tests for and how to get the support you need when reviewing results

Show Notes:

  • Get tested with Tiny Health Get $20 off each kit using code ELANA20
  • Visit Tiny Health’s Website
  • Follow @tiny.health on Instagram
  • Check out @tiny_health on Tiktok
  • Click here to learn more about Dr. Elana Roumell’s Doctor Mom Membership, a membership designed for moms who want to be their child’s number one health advocate!
  • Click here to learn more about Steph Greunke, RD’s online nutrition program and community, Postpartum Reset, an intimate private community and online roadmap for any mama (or mama-to-be) who feels stuck, alone, and depleted and wants to learn how to thrive in motherhood.

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This episode’s guest

Cheryl Sew Hoy is CEO & Founder of Tiny Health, a gut microbiome startup that focuses on expecting parents and their babies. 

Cheryl is an accomplished CEO and serial entrepreneur who co-founded multiple companies including the non-profit #MovingForward as well as a successful consumer software startup that was acquired by Walmart Labs in 2013. In 2014, she was head-hunted by the White House team and Prime Minister of Malaysia to become CEO of MaGIC, a $30M-funded agency to spur the innovation ecosystem in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. 

In 2020, Cheryl founded Seeding Inc (dba Tiny Health). 

Cheryl has extensive expertise in building consumer brands and has experience fundraising a total of $21M. She is an angel investor and advisor to many startups. Cheryl earned her master’s degree in Engineering Management and Data Mining and her bachelor’s degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, NY, both on full scholarships.


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