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5 Reasons Women Should Wear Their Own Maternity Hospital Gowns

Posted by Administrator to Maternity Clothes
maternity hospital gownsCan we all agree that the hospital gowns provided for you upon check-in to the maternity ward are just foul? Good, because I'm not counting the "ick" factor as one of the 5 reasons women should wear their own maternity hospital gowns when the big Birth Day arrives.

On Pinterest recently, I saw a maternity hospital gown pinned (actually, I think it was a Gownie) that had the caption: "I know I won't care how I look at the time."

My response was, you're right that you really won't care how you *look* at the time you go into labor, but you will care how you *feel,* especially when you first get to the hospital and get checked in.

And feelings are important in labor! The more scared you feel, the more painful and protracted your birth will be. (Scientific fact.)

Going through the check-in process and being pushed down to the maternity ward in a wheelchair can be nerve-wracking. Putting on the hospital gown and taking in the sterile surrounds of your hospital delivery room (even the nice "family style suites still have cold floors, hospital windows and a mechanized bed) is even more anxiety-provoking. It's hard to remember while you're in labor that you're not sick. You're not diseased. Your body isn't failing.

By wearing your own maternity hospital gown, you're going to get compliments and praise from the nurses, which can help put you at ease and encourage your feelings of confidence and rapport with them. You may feel a little less like you're in a fight for your life and more like a woman doing what women have been doing since the dawn of time.

In your own maternity hospital gown, you may feel less exposed and more covered, more comfortable and possibly warmer, and less intimidated by the myriad different faces that come in to check on you for as long as your labor lasts.

I guess that's my main reason I encourage pregnant women to wear their own maternity hospital gowns, but there are some other hospital gown facts that I'll add to the list.

5 More Reasons Women Should Wear Their Own Maternity Hospital Gowns


1. In a recent study, 60% of patients "disliked very much" or "disliked" wearing the standard-issue hospital gown.

2. Hospital gowns used today were designed in the 1920s! We wouldn't want to give birth like we did in the 1920s; it's time to evolve maternity ward attire.

3. In a recent study, 69% of doctors and nurses said that hospital gowns sometimes affect patients' emotional well-being. Meaning: when you put on that hospital gown, you actually feel more sick/less well. That’s NOT conducive to a positive birth experience.

4. Hospital gowns are used and laundered an average of 50 times. The number would be higher than that except that the chemicals they use to clean and disinfect them are so harsh that they dissolve the fabric! Your skin could itch so much while in labor in a hospital gown that you'll go crazy thinking it's just you. But really, it's the chemicals used to clean the gowns that makes skin itch.

5. You’ll feel more confident, more relaxed, less ill-at-ease and more like yourself on baby’s birth day and when visitors arrive to meet the newborn—which is all better for your labor experience and your first days as a mom.

Find a style that fits your personality and your budget in our selection of maternity hospital gowns, located in our Birth & Postpartum shop.

Thanks for reading and sharing,

Tara Bloom, Maternitique Owner
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Candice Date 4/16/2014
I loved my gown so much I wore it for months before the baby was born. My son was born August 2012 which one of the hottest summers on record. So every night after work I would come home and relax in my gown. My belly was able to expand comfortably and every night my husband was able to see our son moving. I gave each of my pregnant friends a gown because I know how much I appreciate mine. While in the hospital, I was comfortable and always aware of how covered I was at such an intimate moment. After his birth, I wore the gown daily for the comfort and ease to breastfeeding. I LOVE my maternity gown and highly recommend it to everyone I know.
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