Originally Posted by Hezzy
wow, that sounds great, not subjecting the babe to a bath immediately. Does anyone know, will the vernix wash off if the babe is born in water? or does it take a soapy rubdown?
No, the vernix doesn't usually wash off in a waterbirth. Some comes off, you can see it in the water, but a lot is still retained on the baby's body.
DD was waterborn at home and had quite a bit of vernix for being 4 days late. We didn't bathe her for a LOOOONG time. We didn't rub the vernix in either (at least I don't remember doing that) but we weren't bothered by it anyway
As soon as she was born and we got out of the pool, the MW wrapped her up to keep her warm and didn't bother w/ the vernix. I think since we didn't bathe her or rub it in, it just sorta got absorbed by her skin over a few days. Wait, we did rub it in her face some so that it wasn't all white looking,