We all know the look and feel of the standard issue hospital gown. It usually has several ties around the waist or back, which I personally have yet to be able to apply to my own body alone. Sometimes they boast a very bland geometric type pattern. Most maternity hospital gowns also have snaps or openings to allow for easy and discreet breastfeeding. But what alternatives are there if you don't want to wear such a fashionable "gown" during your labor and delivery?
There are so many options out there! From etsy to amazon, you can certainly find gorgeous maternity gowns to pack in your hospital bag. There are sleeveless, satin ribbon ties, long sleeved, and even gowns made using the ever comfortable jersey knit fabric. One just needs to search for maternity gowns and watch the results pour in. There are several quite adorable ones, and a few that look like actual dresses. Should you have the desire to sew your own, you can also find a plethora of patterns to make one of your own as well.
You can also ditch the gown altogether, whether it's the lovely hospital grade, or the fashionable "gownie" you can get online and wear something of your own that you feel comfortable in. Anything you feel able to move freely in and that is easily removed should you want to breastfeed immediately after delivery. Or in lieu of clothes altogether, you can just go in your own birthday suit.
I am a DONA Certified birth Doula. Serving the greater Kansas City metro area. I am also Rebozo and Dad Certified and a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. My heart's passion is to be able to work within the birthing community to serve expecting women through the childbearing experience.