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Childbirth. Mother being handed her newborn baby by a midwife. The mother is attached to an intravenous drip that is supplying her with fluids. The father is seen at far left. The white greasy material covering the baby is called vernix caseosa, it is produced by the oil- secreting glands of the skin.
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