What to wear during childbirth?

what to wear during childbirth

A question that comes up frequently during my childbirth preparation classes is “What to wear during childbirth?”.

The answer is, whatever feels comfortable to you. There are a few things you may wish to consider when deciding what to wear during childbirth

  • The birth environment – While you are in control of the temperature of your home, hospital birthing rooms tend to be very hot!
  • Are you giving birth in water? – if you are using/planning on using a birthing pool, you may wish to consider to not wear anything on your bottom half once you get into the pool. Clothes are more difficult to take off when they’re wet!
  • Are you planning a caesarean birth? Think about accessibility for skin-to-skin after the birth. Ask your care provider about your options. Most NHS trusts in the UK support skin-to-skin after a planned caesarean birth and do also support alternative clothing instead of the hospital gown.
  • Skin-to-skin straight after birth is important for your and you. It helps initiate breastfeeding and bonding but also helps to transfer good bacteria to your baby. Think about the clothing you are wearing during the birth of your child and check, whether skin-to-skin would be easily possible with your chosen clothing.
  • Breastfeeding/chestfeeding/bodyfeeding/nursing – If you are planning on nursing your baby, it is important to wear clothing which allow easy access to your breasts/chest.
  • Personal comfort & body confidence are also an important factor when choosing clothing for childbirth. At the end of the day it’s your choice and you’ll choose clothing which make you feel comfortable! You may of course choose to not wear any clothing!

In conclusion, wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes which allow access to your chest for the golden hour.

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