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Old 08-06-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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What to wear during labor at birthing center?

I'll be having my first baby in October at a birthing center where you're allowed to wear what you want. What did you wear? If you used the birthing tub or the shower, did you wear a bathing suit top? What did you wear on the bottom? Did you just labor in a wet gown?? Obviously, this is my first time giving birth and this is something nobody covered in the classes...

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Old 08-06-2009, 07:51 AM   #2
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Nothing...

I started in some gym shorts, a sports bra, and a t-shirt. I stripped to get in the water and never put anything back on. The fact that I didn't get in the water until the end of transition may have something to do with my lack of modesty. I didn't think there was any way I could be as progressed as I was.
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I wore a tankini top with no bottom. I got completely nekkid at one point though and never put anything back on until after my herbal bath. LOL.
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I'm at home, but have waterbirth. I have started in nightgown or tshirt and panties, but there comes a time when it just all comes off.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:51 AM   #5
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It's really interesting that all of you say that you started in something, but ended up naked I guess it makes sense that after hours of labor you aren't really thinking about modesty and just want to be free and comfortable. Thanks for the responses!
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Re: What to wear during labor at birthing center?

Nothing!

When I had DS, we got to the birth center and I was 6 cm already - knew I wanted in the jacuzzi straight away. I was stripping my clothes off and looking for the jacuzzi as I walked up the stairs to the birthing suite! DH was walking up behind me catching everything!

This time we'll be at home, so I'll again wear nothing and be in the birthing tub. I had debated whether to wear a bikini top so the pics could be more widely circulated, but I just think that any form of clothing will drive me nuts. I can't even sleep with the sheets touching me right now and I *HATE* having to wear a bra - everything seems obnoxiously tight and causes me to overheat, so naked it is!
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At first it was a gown and then just my bra. At some point you get hot and just want to be comfortable.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:35 PM   #8
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Re: What to wear during labor at birthing center?

I had a top on (bathing suit) I couldn't wear a bottom (although I was CERTAIN I would be too modest to go without) the water is amazing when it can TOUCH your skin. Incredible experience.
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Re: What to wear during labor at birthing center?

I had a hospital birth, so wore the gown...for a little while. Then ended up taking it off. As pp's have said, you just get hot and need to be comfortable. And usually, at that point, you don't really care who's watching!
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Re: What to wear during labor at birthing center?

I wore a bra tank the whole time, in the water too.
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