oil and sweat glands are functioning.
The delicate skin is protected from the
foetal waters by a special ointment called
vernix. She opens her eyes when the eyelids
become unsealed. She scans the darkness.
She may blink if there is a sudden noise.
For the last few weeks she has virtually
all the neurons she will ever have in
her brain. Variations in her heart beat
can be recorded. She drinks the amniotic
fluid and will survive outside the womb
if she was born early.