Is that cottage cheese on my baby?
Why is Vernix on my baby?
· Moisturizes the baby’s skin
· Eases passage through the birth canal
· And perhaps protects from exposure to bacteria
Can I touch my baby if it is covered in vernix?
Am I a bad person if vernix grosses me out?
When does the vernix go away totally?
You will need to check with the hospital you are planning to deliver with, but many hospitals have a policy about when babies receive his or her first bath. Some will involve parents in the process and the bath can occur in room, anytime from a few hours after delivery to just before discharge. Some hospitals will send babies to a nursery for a short while, and typically the baby will be given a bath while there.
Does my baby need to take a bath after being born?
One reason a bath would be recommended would be if meconium is present during delivery.
There is some evidence to support that babies benefit from keeping vernix in place or rubbing it into their skin, but as a parent, this is one of the many decisions that you will need to decide.
But you are not alone in the decision you make, and we at Chinook City Doulas can help you navigate this along with the rest of your birth.