What to wear for home birth?
Regarding the thread topic, I've seen many videos of water births where the mama was wearing a regular bikini top. I would think that if a sports bra got wet, it would be really difficult to take off when the time comes to nurse.
I do remember leaking a lot once my water broke. A small gush with each big contraction. I wore pads until naked time (probably shortly before transition, but my memory is cloudy), and had to totally change underwear a few times when everything would get soaked through.
I am planning on wearing a bikini top. With my DD I just wore yoga pants for bottoms...I can't remember if I wore a pad or not. I got into the shower on a yoga ball and shortly after got out and my water broke on the toilet and I was crowning...after that it is all a blur (we were planning a hospital birth and ended up delivering in an ambulance), so I havve no advice about leaking etc after water breaks. I just used a yoga/exercise ball during labor, the kind that you see at gyms etc.
I wore a t-shirt and soft jammy pants until I got in the tub (after water broke) and then I was in a t-shirt. it got wet. I HATE wet clothes on me. When the midwives got there they checked me really quick, I took the top off and never looked back.
This time I'm looking for a easy triangle string bikini top. Something to hold the girls at least a little bit and then easy to take off for nursing.
A sports bra, imo, would be a pita to take off after it got wet.
After getting in the water I see little use for bottoms.
Oh, and there are some short 'birth skirts' I think Binsini or something? is one brand. But, you can see how easy they are to make or modify if you want.
By the time I hit transition I was naked, both for my hospital birth and my homebirth. I was sooooo hot. Both of my girls were born in August, but I was inside in AC. I don't tend to run hot. I'm certain it was hormonal. During my first birth I got into an argument with the triage nurse who wanted to cover me in a sheet before she would do a vaginal exam . I was way too hot to consider lying under a sheet (I do think I was wearing a hospital gown at that point). She kept telling me it was "for my privacy". I was in a closed room with my DH and the nurse about to do a vaginal exam. The sheet would only serve to hide the exam from my view. Poor woman didn't know what to do with me. I was much further along than she thought I was.
This time I'll have a birth photographer there. I still expect to be naked for labor/birth, but I'm thinking about what I'll wear afterwards. I stayed naked after the birth with DD2 and the pictures all prominently feature my nipples I just ordered a black nursing sleep bra to wear afterwards. I figure if I don't have something specific set aside to wear, I'll end up just staying naked. You can check out my birth photographer's website for some ideas of what women wear during and after birth and how it looks. She recommended a black sports bra for labor/after birth and a tankini for any time in the tub.
I thought that pretty pushers looked neat too.
Flower of Bliss, those pictures are awesome! I'm so jealous you're having that photographer there. I don't know anyone I'm comfortable having photograph. . . but I'm starting to think more about it after seeing those pics.
I was naked for the last two water births. . and didn't care a bit except for I didn't want to show off the pictures very bad. I wore a robe for the two before that, and just took it off or flipped it up when it was time to push. I don't have a bikini top, and don't want to buy one just for birthing so I'm not sure what we'll end up doing this time. Maybe naked again LOL.
I found myself naked as soon as all three of my labours began. It seemed like a natural progression of labour not to be burdened by clothing! The first two labours I ended up transfering from home to hospital and was totally bewildered and confused as to why I was supposed to put clothing on to get into the ambulance..... it felt like a step backwards in my labour!
My vbac dd was born at home and I was naked throughout (and it was Feb and I live in a cold place) I just need to be, and I am usually kinda shy in everyday life about my body and what shows.
This time I look forward to being naked again! It has never crossed my mind to think of clothing specifically for labour, this thread has surprised me :lol I always assumed women wanted to be naked and used clothes when feeling anxious in a hospital type setting. I guess sports bra type of thing would be the only thing I can think of.... but I wouldn't want anything between me and my baby when he/she is firs tborn and in my arms :)
I'd sort of like to get some kind of bikini type top, so I can share early pictures without flashing everything all over facebook. On the other hand, with DD I ended up completely naked really early, and couldn't have stood having anything confining on, and I won't be surprised if the same thing happens again.
from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/CW-X-Womens-Xtra-Support-Running/dp/B001GAPYWC
I googled "zip lycra sports bra" there were a lot of results.