I don’t know anyone who actually likes hospital gowns. The suboptimal coverage, worry about the ties coming undone, and one size does not fit all. I knew that a hospital gown was not something I wanted to labour and deliver in, I wanted to feel comfortable not self conscious. So I started to look into alternatives to hospital gowns for labour and birth and found a wonderful Canadian company called Dressed to Deliver. Designed specifically for expectant mothers the Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gowns offer fashion and functionality for the day of your baby’s birth and beyond.
The first thing that caught my eye was the variety of prints the birthing gown came in, there is one to fit every style. And the gowns are sized (small – XXL), no more shapeless loose fitting hospital gowns. You can feel pretty and comfortable while in labour. Here are some of the other highlights of the Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown:
- Made of soft jersey knit fabric
- Buttoned straps for easy breast feeding
- Snap closures that run the entire length of the back of the dress – allows for easy removal of the dress and access for epidurals
- Front access via snap closures from the empire waist down – allows for discrete monitoring
So when it came time for Little Bears arrival my Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown was packed and ready to go. As soon as we arrived at the hospital I got changed into the gown so I would be ready for my IV (I needed to get antibiotics). Since my labour hadn’t really started yet, my midwife suggested we do some walking. Instead of staying in the labour and delivery area we ventured out to do laps of the whole hospital. The birthing gown looks and feels like a dress, so I was completely comfortable to pace the hospital for over 2 hours to get my labour going and even venture down to the Tim Hortons at the hospital.
My midwives loved the easy access of the birthing gown for fetal monitoring. I was able to have my monitoring done without having to hike up the dress or feel exposed. If you needed continuous monitoring or wanted an epidural that is no problem for this birthing gown, just open the snaps in the required areas and leave the rest closed for complete coverage. When it came time to deliver Little Bear I was able to open up the snaps on the front of the gown to allow for skin to skin contact. The gown washed up perfectly and could easily be worn postpartum as it give easy access for nursing. I know I will be wearing this dress again *IF* we decide to have another baby (way in the future, don’t get excited just yet).
My midwives were very impressed with the Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown, they had never seen anything like it before. One of my midwives commented that she loved the functionality of the birthing gown so much that she was going to buy one as a gift for her daughter that is expecting, a true testament to the design of this dress. Get rid of those yucky hospital gowns on your baby’s birth day, feel comfortable and covered in a Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown. You can visit Dressed to Deliver on their website, and also connect with them on facebook and twitter to stay tuned for an exciting announcement about the arrival of a short sleeved birthing gown!
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for review purposes. All opinions are strictly my own.