Now that I’m approaching my 26th week of pregnancy, my midwives have started discussing my birth plans with me and I have so much to consider. Do I want to have another hospital birth or another home birth? Not only that – I laboured in the water with my son, but delivered on my bed. I quite enjoyed labouring in the water, as I was able to easily get into a zen and find comfort. As much comfort as one can possibly find when labouring naturally. So if I go the route of having another home birth – do I want it to be a water birth? The idea of that really appeals to me.
I still have some time to figure my birth plans out, but in the meantime I would like to start packing a birthing bag with all the essentials I would like to have one hand regardless of where I choose to deliver.
During my labour with my daughter I wore a boring, old hospital birthing gown. During my labour with my son I wore my maternity bra. Nothing spectacular in either case! Something I would love to do differently when I go into labour this time around is wear a birthing gown, but not just any birthing gown… One that is fashionable and flattering! One that I can easily wear post-delivery, but also allows for the opportunity to enjoy skin on skin with my newborn while teaching the wee bundle how to breastfeed.
After browsing through PTPA‘s website of award winners, I came across a local company – Dressed to Deliver.
“The idea behind Dressed to Deliver was born in 2004, during founder’s Tracy Tremble’s career as a physiotherapist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Recently engaged and entertaining the thought of having children, she realized she couldn’t bear the idea of giving birth in a hospital gown. When Tracy became pregnant with her second child in 2009, she embarked on the journey of creating Dressed to Deliver.
Dressed to Deliver believes that function and fashion can meet in the middle. They strongly believe every woman deserves the option to feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful– before, during and after one of the most important days of her life!”
I’m a firm believer in that a birthing experience should be one that is intimate and beautiful, but also the birthing mother should feel that she is radiant, confident, beautiful and in her element.
I simply adore the Dressed to Deliver collection. The gowns are are all 3-in-1. They make for a perfect maternity, labour and delivery, and nursing gown! This is something you don’t happen to find often, especially at the low price that these gowns are sold. Based on the quality of the gown I was provided with I would have assumed that it would have had a price tag upwards of $100, but I was surprised to find the gown is only $69.99. A bargain in my opinion!
For the time being, I wear my gown as a maternity gown, but I will definitely be packing the gown in my birthing bag closer to my due date!
The gown features discreet snaps on the front and back, which makes for easy access for midwives and OBs to monitor baby, administer IVs and epidurals and ultrasound access. Should the labouring mother require a c-section the snaps also provide the doctor with access for the c-section incision inspections and healing.
To all my pregnant readers…. What will YOU be wearing on YOUR delivery day? I know what I’ll be sporting – my gorgeous gown from Dressed to Deliver!
Disclosure: I received a gown from Dressed to Deliver to cultivate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.