Bathing a newborn shortly after its born to cleanse the products of birth may seem a logical choice; however, there are drawbacks to this routine procedure that should first be considered, which might affect the decision to delay or even refuse a formal bath.
Be aware that if you do choose to delay bathing your newborn or refuse a formal bath entirely, hospital staff may insist that it is required, which is not the case. Any and all procedures can be refused, even those considered hospital policy. In some instances, a waiver must be signed. In the case of a homebirth, this is a non-issue. It's also important to note that in the case of a waterbirth, the water temperature should be warm enough to sustain the baby's temperature.
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