What to Wear at a Hospital Birth

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What to Wear at a Hospital Birth

Almost every woman I know has this problem. They have nothing to wear . . . with a closet full of clothes. You know what I’m talking about. I feel like I have this issue almost every morning. “What am I going to wear?” Obviously, what we wear can help us feel more attractive and confident each day. And with that confidence, it can also affect the outcome and productivity of our day. When I feel that I look like a million bucks, I usually rock that day! Other days when I’m not feeling my best, I’m usually not doing my very best either.

So when you’re preparing for your baby’s birth day, these questions may come up. What do you wear during labor? But have you thought about how this decision could also possibly affect your comfort and confidence and potentially outcome of your labor and birth? If you are having a hospital birth, you may be thinking that you are going to wear the standard unisex hospital gown that opens in the back that they provide you when you first arrive in triage. That is one option, but guess what . . . you can wear whatever you want in labor as long as your medical team can assist you medically through your contractions and during delivery.

Here are some of your options that are available to you for your labor and hospital birth.

OPTION #1: Hospital Gown

If you are the mom that prefers the hospital gown, go for it! I support all women and their choices and I want what they feel is best for themselves and their babies. If you think the hospital gown is uncomfortable, annoying, or unattractive, then you don’t have to wear it. The hospital staff will not be offended if you decide to bring your own clothes to wear.

If you are still weighing the option on whether or not to wear their gown, here are my pros and cons:

PROS:

  1. You don’t have to purchase a new set of clothes to wear for your labor and birth.
  2. You get a fresh new gown that is just for you.
  3. Also, you don’t have to worry about getting it dirty since it will be thrown away.
    • And if you get the gown dirty, they have more that they can provide you.
  4. The gown is designed specifically for patients to be easily monitored and it’s convenient for your medical team to check your vitals quickly. You can also breastfeed in it.
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CONS:

  1. They are one size fits most and can either be entirely too large or too small which can leave you feeling exposed and uncomfortable.
  2. They aren’t made of the best material and can feel a bit scratchy on your skin.
  3. Since all hospital patients wear these gowns, it can make you feel like you are a sick patient at the hospital instead of a strong, confident and empowered woman getting ready to give birth.
  4. They’re ugly. The end.

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Unfortunately, it isn’t well known that you can wear whatever you want at the hospital during your labor and birth. I tell my birth doula clients that as long as you wear something that still allows your caregivers to perform cervical exams, monitor your baby’s heart rate and your contractions, and your blood pressure, you can wear whatever you’d like. Here are some other options.

OPTION #2: Birthing Gowns

There are actually a lot of different birthing gowns available on the market. They serve the exact same purpose as a hospital gown, but make the laboring woman feel beautiful and empowered. And let’s be honest, they are so much cuter! Some of the birthing gowns that are available are:

1. BG Birthing Gown

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I love this birthing gown. The material is so soft and I love that there is full coverage in the front and back. I also really like that women can re-wear this again during their postpartum period (the first three months after the baby is born). Obviously after it’s been washed after giving birth, of course. 🙂

2. Pretty Pushers

This is another great and less expensive option. I like how the back is a bit lower so if a mom is wanting to have an epidural, the access to the epidural site is a lot easier for the medical staff. I also like that a support person or a doula has full access to her back and can use massage lotion and massage the mama’s back more easily.

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3. Gownies

These are just like hospital gowns, but with way cuter prints. That’s really the only difference. I do like how they have more colors and pattern options than the first two options listed above and that you can get a matching pillowcase. The matching pillowcase is really unnecessary, but a nice add on. If you decide to have professional birth/newborn photos taken at the hospital, it might look nice all together for your pictures.

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4. Dressed to Deliver

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This option is a little more expensive but it can also be used during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The dress is soft yet has thicker material so it feels like you are getting more coverage and feeling a bit more secure. Two thumbs up from me!

5. Fridamom

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The classic baby-problem-solver brand, Fridababy, has expanded into the postpartum mom essential market. And they are not disappointing! I was recently at a birth where a doula client wore this gown, and it is so incredibly soft. The snaps are exactly like what you’d find on a traditional hospital gown, and made it seamless for the staff to administer an epidural and for skin-t0-skin with baby as soon as he was born. Another plus of this style of gown is that the nurses are familiar with it and aren’t confused or freaked out by your choice. The snaps are incredibly discreet, and the dark gray color and jersey fabric make it look like you’re just wearing a super cozy dress. And pockets for the win!

6. Etsy

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Etsy always has the cutest options so take a peek at what they have in there. I saw several photos that I loved. Like this one for example! But you can check out a bunch of others on Etsy here.

OPTION #3: Birthing Skirts

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If you feel like a gown is too much and will be a hassle for you, you could also wear a skirt. There are skirts out there that are perfect for labor and giving birth like this one. Most women who prefer wearing a birthing skirt and top or sports bra are women that are wanting to have an unmedicated birth, however, all women can have this as an option. If you are planning to get an epidural, I would recommend wearing a shirt or bra that opens in the back.

OPTION #4: Large T-Shirt

Some of my clients have decided that they would just bring worn-in, comfortable, oversized t-shirts of their own or their husband’s. This way if things get ruined it doesn’t matter. Also, I think having those familiar scents on clothes can make you feel more comfortable and more at home, so I think this is a great option. Your care providers still have access to everything that they need. The only minor issue that could arise is getting your shirt off so you can have skin-to-skin, getting your shirt stuck on your IV tubes, and breastfeeding once the baby is born. Your nurse will have to help you with this.

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OPTION #5: Bath/Towel Wrap

I’ve actually had a few clients use this during their labor between getting in and out of the tub or shower and I thought it was genius! It helps you dry off and stay covered front and back. It’s also super convenient since you can get these at Target, Etsy, and pretty much anywhere. And they are relatively inexpensive. I’m a fan! Again, this is a great option for women that are wanting a natural, med-free birth.

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OPTION #6: In the Nude

You’d be surprised at how many women actually labor and give birth fully nude. It can get hot in labor. And then cold. And then hot. So being able to take off your clothes and then put them back on is usually something that happens and can becoming tiring for the laboring mama. Everyone in the room has seen hundreds if not thousands of women give birth so don’t feel like you’re the only one. You’re definitely not! If you don’t feel comfortable with this option, no problem. A lot of women aren’t. But if you’re cool with letting it all out, do it! No one will think anything of it.

So, bottom line, when you are in labor, wear what makes you feel like the strong, confident and beautiful woman that you are. Wear (or don’t wear) clothes that enhance your experience of labor. Remember that it is your choice and that the more confident that you feel inside and out, the more likely you will have a better outcome and will be happier with your laboring and birthing experience. The choice of what to wear may turn out to be the most frivolous of the choices you make that day, but you may find laboring in your own clothes to be the first step toward a more empowering labor and birth.

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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🚪 Organize and Streamline Your Life as a Mom – Podcast Ep 29 🏡⁠
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It feels like our world as we knew it has flipped completely upside down the past few weeks. 🔁 With the Coronavirus pandemic, our everyday routines have been shaken up and, for many of us, not in a good way. 😫 Now that we are forced to figure out how to work from home AND take care of our children full-time, we are slowly discovering our new normals. 🤹‍♀️ This is the time, more than ever, to organize and streamline our lives and our homes. ❤️⁠
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Today on Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast 🎙️, I'm chatting with Meggie Mangione, the CEO of @organizedlifedesign and 6 year accredited NAPO Professional Organizer. 💕 Clutter and chaos can really affect us as parents and employees (now working from home) so I thought it would be great to chat with Meggie to help us organize and streamline our lives as moms. On today's episode Meggie is sharing some great tips on how to conquer the clutter! 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
📷: @organizedlifedesign⁠
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And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t st And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t storm. 😒⁠
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"Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive "Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive to advice, I will never claim to know it all. But, sometimes a mama just needs to vent. It can be very exhausting as a mom when you open up about a challenge you're facing and then receive an overwhelming list of different things to do or try to 'fix it'. Especially when you've already tried it all or heard it all. Sometimes all a mama needs is an ear to listen and to know they aren't alone. Google can offer a list of possible solutions, Google definitely can't offer the nod of understanding that a friend can. ❤️"⁠
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And even now more than ever, we all are just trying to survive and do our best. Let's support one another as we all navigate these uncharted territories . . . together apart.⁠ ❤️
📷: @taylormade_mama
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👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learni 👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learning Space 🔡⁠
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A homeschooling mom is sharing her great tips on how to create a good learning environment for your child in your home. 🏡 She recommends that before you create a learning space, get to know HOW (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) your child learns and what he or she is passionate about. You don't need to re-create school at home. Your child's learning space needs to be unique to how they best learn. This is a whole new kind of education. And the journey is truly an adventure. ❤️⁠
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Her tips are gold! 💰 {Click 🔗 in bio to read them!}⁠
Article by: Jennifer Hill Robenalt⁠
📷: @courtney.tracy⁠
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"Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀ "Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀️ I once sat in a class where teenage girls said they needed to learn how to cook, do laundry, and clean if they wanted to one day be good moms.

I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

And if you weren't a mom, you'd still have to clean your house, cook food, and do laundry.

You're not a bad mom because you didn't do laundry in time. Let's stop combining domestic duties with motherhood, because they just aren't the same. Yes, moms do domestic things. And they raise children. These are two separate things.

Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
Words & 📷: @pauseandconnect
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @babysleep_answers⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
📷: @thedecentmother⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
📷: @thegingypants⁠
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DISCLAIMER: This is a USED expired PPE from @thegingypants basement. (She is an RN.) Please consider donating any UNUSED MASKS to your area hospitals who are in dire need. 💕
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My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠ 📷 My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠
📷: @macaroniandmomjeans⁠
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
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Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
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Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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