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Having fashionable and yet functional labor and delivery gowns is one-way moms-to-be can feel comfortable and beautiful during a monumental time in their life.
Gone are the days when women have to settle for the scratchy, stiff hospital gowns which are supposed to be one size fits all. These gowns never fit and are super uncomfortable, even if you are using one as a birthing gown and one as a birthing robe. These labor and delivery gowns will give you
comfort, style, and function.
Chapter 1. Can You Wear Your Own Labor and Delivery Gowns?
There aren’t many hospitals now that absolutely require you to wear their delivery gown. You are usually free to wear what you want, just as you are free to have a birthing plan all your own.
In fact, you can talk to your delivering doctor ahead of time and make it clear you want to wear your own labor and delivery gowns. The key is to make sure the doctors, nurses and/or midwives have access to check on your baby’s progress, for IV if necessary and for an epidural if you are having one.
Other “nice to have” features include access for nursing right after delivery and for skin to skin contact with your newborn. You will love these cute gowns for your labor and delivery day.
Best Delivery Gowns
Section 1. Cute Labor Gowns
This flowy, fun screen print gown is a cute option to labor in and even show your fun-loving side. The gown features screen prints of the three big “no-no’s” during
pregnancy – your choice of sushi, coffee, and wine.
The tie-up halter neck is adjustable, as are the front two tie-ups, meaning this gown fits a large range of sizes. The back allows easy access for an epidural with its low, deep cut and additional tie up. This gown is also available in plus sizes (pre-pregnancy sizes 18-26. The lightweight material allows you to stay cool and won’t cling while during delivery.
The back allows easy access for an epidural with its low, deep cut and additional tie up. This gown is also available in plus sizes (pre-pregnancy sizes 18-26. The lightweight material allows you to stay cool and won’t cling while during delivery.
This gown is also available in plus sizes (pre-pregnancy sizes 18-26. The lightweight material allows you to stay cool and won’t cling while during delivery.
If you prefer fun ruffles over screen prints, this adorable labor dress will have you feeling feminine and flirty yet still very comfortable and covered. The flowy high-low
The flowy high-low hemline adds a fashionable flare and the ruffled neckline has a salsa feel to it.
The tie-up halter neck allows fast access for skin to skin contact right after birth as well as nursing.
The front tie-ups allow for accommodation of differing sizes. If you will be having an epidural, the low back access is perfect for
Section 2. Modest, Functional Maternity Labor Gowns
Perhaps you aren’t interested in a flirty, frilly delivery gown. This doesn’t mean you have to stick with the generic, boring labor hospital gown. There are many styles you can choose from which look like pretty summer dresses. They come in a variety of colors and prints, something to match anyone’s style preferences.
This floral print labor dress barely looks like a hospital gown at all. In fact, it looks similar to the maternity gowns you might wear out for dinner! The length is very modest, as is the coverage in the front and back. This doesn’t mean you won’t have access to your belly or back during labor though. Since you order your size, instead of a “one size fits all” approach, you will have a better, more contoured fit.
As seen in the photo, this gown provides ample access for fetal monitors, C-section incision checking, and skin to skin contact. The easy to use snaps are quick and convenient.
The rear of this labor and delivery gown allows for epidural access with quick and easy snaps, just like the front of the dress.
A modest and more lounge-like option is available with simple polka dot print and tie-up empire waist. With a knee-length hem and full back coverage, you can feel covered and comfortable. It is made of pure cotton, much like your favorite jammies at home.
The elasticized neckline has enough stretch to allow instant skin to skin access
and the full snap up buttons in the back is great for epidural access. The tie up in the front allows you to adjust the empire waist easily. This also works as nursing pajamas for hospital stays since it unbuttons at the shoulder too!
Section 3. Plus Size Labor and Delivery Gowns
Perhaps you have difficulty with clothes labeled “one size fits all” and you are looking for plus size labor and delivery gowns instead. There are many plus size delivery gowns which are not only comfortable and functional but feminine and pretty with a youthful flare. You don’t have to settle for “granny jammies” or double up on hospital robes.
This cute, yet so comfortable hot pink plus size gown allows for all necessary
medical access while still offering perfect coverage. The front ties up with two generous laces, which accommodate sizes 18-26. The color will add a little brightness to your delivery experience and you can even wear it again at home for nursing. The fabric is lightweight and won’t leave you feeling overheated while laboring and delivering your baby.
The color will add a little brightness to your delivery experience and you can even wear it again at home for nursing. The fabric is lightweight and won’t leave you feeling overheated while laboring and delivering your baby.
If you don’t want to feel like you are wearing a hospital or labor gown, this option is a
great choice. It has a summer dress feel without too much exposure. The criss-cross halter top gives a little more support for larger breasts with a bit of added support from the empire waistline. There are easy to use snaps closing both the front and back of this dress/gown to allow quick access
The criss-cross halter top gives a little more support for larger breasts with a bit of added support from the empire waistline. There are easy to use snaps closing both the front and back of this dress/gown to allow quick access
There are easy to use snaps closing both the front and back of this dress/gown to allow quick access to your doctors, nurses, and midwives. You can open it a little or a lot depending on the need. The shoulders also feature snaps for quick access to nursing your baby.
The shoulders also feature snaps for quick access to nursing your baby.
Section 4. Traditional But All Your Own
Maybe you don’t mind the style and shape of a traditional hospital gown. They are very roomy and you aren’t necessarily worried about having all the bells and whistles the other gowns offer. Still, you don’t want to wear a hospital owned gown that hundreds of others have worn at some point. You would prefer your very own. There are traditional style labor and delivery gowns available which resemble hospital gowns but you can choose your own print or fabric.
There are traditional style labor and delivery gowns available which resemble hospital gowns but you can choose your own print or fabric.
Not only can you have your own hospital gown, but this one comes with a matching pillow case to cover your hospital
issued pillow. This gives peace of mind to ladies who are uncomfortable with the thought of “sharing” linens or who may have allergies to certain laundry soaps. Bringing along your own pillowcase and gown adds comfort to your birthing experience. This gown also features a fun polka dot print and snaps down the front and back for full coverage. The soft cotton fabric is far more comfortable than hospital grade gowns.
You can have a gown custom made or make one yourself, similar to the one pictured here. It still has the traditional hospital gown shape but adds a cute ribbon sash for a little fun and contoured shape. This also keeps the gown snug against the body. Pattern choices are endless if you are having it custom made or make your own. There are hundreds of patterns available to choose from.
Section 5. Benefits of Wearing Your Own Gown
- No exposure to harsh hospital laundry detergents
- You have a keepsake of your labor and delivery day
- You will have more coverage and feel less exposed
- You will feel more fashionable and colorful
- Feeling good about yourself can help speed up your recovery process
- You get a custom fit instead of a bulky gown
- Many gowns feature access for nursing so the gown can be worn for months to come
- You won’t feel self-conscious walking the halls of the hospital
- Your other pajamas won’t get ruined during the delivery process
- Discreet openings for breastfeeding and skin to skin
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