One of the benefits of having a homebirth was no immediate bath. Madeline was dried off and the vernix was rubbed in. Some benefits to allowing this is reduced risk of infection, improved temperature control, improved maternal bonding, no baby lotion required (vernix is natures baby lotion), and stabilized infant blood sugar. (article here: Delaying Baby's First Bath)
We finally decided it was time, and BOY did she have a lot to say about it!
Did your children have a bath immediately in the hospital? Or did you delay? I'd love to hear your stories!