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My understanding is that it's just antibiotic ointment. you know, in case you have gonoreah. Or any other infection they baby coud get on the way out. But I think it's gonoreah (or clamidea) that poses the threat of eye infection. And the hosp. will of course assume you have it... For my hosp. birth plan, I asked for the eye ointment to be delayed until after we had had bonding time with the baby, at least 30 minutes. If I had it to do again, I would have put 1 hour into the birth plan or declined the goop (I don't know if that was an option). But they give you the baby back, you wipe it off, it clears up pretty quickly. But the nurses will want to take the baby away right away, do all their stuff right away, and get on with their days - so you will want to put it in your plan that you want it delayed so you'll get to make some eye contact with your newborn before it's vision gets blurred by the goop.