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Newborn baby after Caesarean. Newborn baby after delivery by Caesarean section. The white substance on the baby's skin is known as vernix. This lubricates the passage through the birth canal in vaginal deliveries. A clamp (centre right) on the umbilical cord prevents bleeding when the cord is cut. The cord will drop off within 7-10 days. During a Caesarean, the baby is delivered through an incision made in its mother's abdomen and uterus. This procedure is performed when it is difficult or dangerous to deliver the baby vaginally.
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