What babies really look like fresh out of the womb, in all their goopy glory

All babies are born with a coating of vernix on their body: a waxy substance that helps protect an infant’s skin and holds in body heat. But while vernix is totally normal and natural, it’s not something you often see in photos or read much about in books, meaning it can come as a surprise to some new moms the first time they lay eyes on their child.

To celebrate the beauty that is a brand-new baby in all its goopy glory, we’ve rounded up some beautiful images of newborn babies covered in vernix, because this is what real birth looks like.

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