1) Donít Wear The Hospital Gown: Wear your own clothes. An oversized t-shirt, a nightie, no clothes at all. Wear something that is yours, something that doesnít stamp you as Property Of The Hospital, something youíre familiar with, something that makes it easy for you to move about freely! One of the biggest benefits of wearing your own clothes is that they look much nicer in the birth photos.
If you are in a hospital please don't take the no clothes option. Your own clothes will certainly look better than a gown but there is no privacy at all (regardless of what hospital staff will tell you) in a birthing room, operating theatre, family accommodation. Just not a good look and the benefits for the mother are probably negligible.
When I had my baby, I took what was a short but very full, flared nightie and put it on when moved from labour ward to delivery ward. Nurse pushed me to take it off and do the no clothes at all thing which made me upset (because of the absolute loss of dignity). Same nurse visited post baby when I was back in the ward. I questioned her about the benefits of going starkers, and she said to me that the reason she had told me it would be better if I took my nightie off was because it would keep it from being soiled. I couldn't believe it.
If a woman wants to be naked she can be naked, it's her body, and it's her decision what she wears to birth. Only the woman knows whether it benefits her or not. It's time to stop telling women what to do with their bodies, and tell them that they get to choose what to do, and here are the options.
Yes but you can help mothers, particularly first time mothers, to take an educated option. I would have liked a bit of "inside" knowledge and wouldn't have been left thinking that doing the exposure thing was some sort of medical necessity.