Alternatives to the Hospital Gown When Giving Birth

Having a baby is not a fashion event by any stretch of the imagination. But many women are choosing to skip the hospital gowns in favor of more comfortable, practical and yes, fashionable options. When choosing a gown for the hospital. you will want to keep a few things in mind:

  • Your gown may get soiled and you may not be able to prevent stains.
  • You will need to ensure that you can use it with any wires or tubes needed.
  • You will want to ensure that you have access to breastfeed if you chose.

Most of the gowns on the market already assume all of these things, but it's important to check. Wearing clothing you select can help you feel better and improve your mood. Some pregnant people say that it makes them feel less like a patient, others cite the fact that it's more comfortable and covers more parts than a standard hospital gown. The good news is that you have many options to choose from for alternatives to hospital gowns.

This is a pretty gown for certain and not something that you'd expect to find in a hospital. The neck halter can tie and untie to give you access to your baby skin to skin after birth. It is also low cut in the back for access for anesthesia is needed. There are also areas to allow for fetal monitoring. The Pretty Pushers gowns have the best sizing, coming in only two sizes, but the upper size can go as high as size 26 (pre-pregnancy). This gown is 100% cotton.

The Gownies gowns come in an impressive 25 color and pattern selections. This is certainly the best selection available. It provides complete coverage, with openings for things your nurses and doctors might need or want. But your backside will not hang out. The top buttons down to allow for breastfeeding access. 

This gown comes in three colors and offers lots of room while covering all of your parts. There is plenty of access for needed medical equipment like an IV or epidural. It can also be used to nurse in once your baby is born.

 Are you looking for something really soft? This bamboo wrap might be the perfect thing for you to wear in labor if that's the case.  The fabric is cool but covering. It is also machine washable, but the dark fabric is designed to hide any stains. This has quick access for medical equipment.

Dear Johnnies
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This is Dear Johnnies take on the hospital gown. Dear Johnnies are delightful looking and comfortable feeling hospital gowns. They are definitely a step above your average hospital issued labor and birth wear, but still hospital gowns none-the-less. More »

Wearing a very large t-shirt is a good idea too. Simply go to the nearest store and get a size 2X-4X and you're covered. Who cares if it gets cut off in an emergency or dirty? You spent a little bit of money and you can just throw it away. So, no frills on this shirt.

The Original Binsi Skirt. Carri Grinditch - Binsi

This skirt is made specifically for labor and childbirth. You can move all around and stay covered and cool. This is fashionable enough you could even wear it outside before your baby is born. Even better - the skirt comes off quickly and easily, or just pull it up to give birth. More »

Binsi makes a couple of tops for you to labor in. These are comfortable shirts that are like tank tops but have special openings to allow for medical equipment, including an IV or epidural. They are also handy when it comes to breastfeeding.

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You also have the option of wearing nothing. Now, before you say that it's not for you, you really don't know what labor will bring. I've heard women beg before labor to have their clothes stapled on. But labor, particularly at the end, they wanted nothing touching them. Keep it in mind and see how labor goes.