|View Poll Results: While in labor/birth outside of a hospital setting, what clothing did you wear during delivery?|
|Home birth - 100% nude during delivery||50||46.73%|
|Home birth - wore bra during delivery||20||18.69%|
|Home birth - wore shirt/gown during delivery||14||13.08%|
|Birthing center - 100% nude||13||12.15%|
|birth center - wore bra||4||3.74%|
|birth center - wore shirt/gown||4||3.74%|
|Other - because there is always "other". Please explain in comments||2||1.87%|
|Voters: 107. You may not vote on this poll|
I've wanted to know this for years. If you had your baby at home (water birth or non-waterbirth) or if you birthed at a birthing center, did you birth completely nude??? I did because it felt awful to have any clothes touching me in labor and I can't imagine wet clothes in the birthing pool. But almost every time I've seen home birth photos or videos, the mama is wearing either a bra or a shirt. I'm curious if I am in the minority having been topless at birth.
I'm assuming nobody wore pants during their birth, so that option was omitted in the poll.
Mom & RN
Pardon the typos - CWOK (cat walking on keyboard)
I had my first in a freestanding birth center, and my second at home. I chose 100% nude, birth center, because it was my first. I would have been 100% nude with my homebirth, but the active labor/pushing part went so fast that I didn't even get a chance to get my tank top off. I didn't want it on, but boy was it not on my mind at the time! I was just clinging to the side of the tub... There wasn't a moment to really take the darn thing off. So yes, in my homebirth photos I am wearing a shirt.
Wife to DH , mom to DS (4/09), and DD (8/11), and crafty and hardworking in my own right! In my parenting journey I've , , , , and. To each family their own!!
"There are words for people like me, but I don't think there are very many."
Home water birth here.
I remember having my husband's t-shirt on for awhile when I got out of the tub. When hard labor came on, the shirt was off! We didn't take any pictures when I was laboring... all of ours were taken right after our son was born... naked.
For my first home birth I wore a tank top. For my 2nd home birth in the water I labored in shorts and a Tshirt until it was time to get in the tub. Shorts came off, Tshirt came off, and I put on a bikini top I had bought just for the occasion.
Carrie SAHM to Nora Caitlyn ('08) and Finnley Dax ('11) homebirthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, intactivist, doula mama!
I had two homebirths - both were nude even the first which was a transfer. I remember rolling into the ER with nothing but a untied sarong around me. I can't imagine having clothes on during birth. I assume a lot of people wear clothes so they feel more comfortable showing the photos. To me, it seems like such a personal thing to share...why would you care if your breasts show but, OTOH, I also kind of get how you would feel like you can share the photos with more people if your'e covered.
Troll? Here's me...
I chose FSBC, nude.
I was laboring in the tub with a bathing suit top I bought for the occasion, wanted to get out to labor on land for a while, and didn't want to keep the wet clothes on, and I put a robe on instead. After transition, I wanted BACK IN THE TUB. I shed the robe and didn't want to mess with the still-wet bathing suit top. 'Naked' wasn't the plan, it just happened.
Jo - WOHM to E 12/26/10, Wife to SAHD DH.
First birth - FSBC - completely nude (in tub most of the time)
Second birth - Home (midwife) - Wore a long loose shirt
Third birth - Home (UC) - Wore sports bra through most of it (in tub a lot), but birthed completely nude
didn't get my home birth, but thought i would chime in, i had picked out a light loose slip that i felt yummy in and had it set aside I'm my mind for the beginning of labor and knew i would be naked once things got really rocking n rolling, needed up in a hospital and nothing changed.
i will always cherish that little slip now, i spend a long day and night in it.
I will always cherish my naked body, i spend that amazing morning in just it, the best outfit in the world!
So what if I don't fit cleanly into a defined parenting style, my kids don't fit into a personality archetype either!
I chose nude for my home birth. I was laboring in a night shirt, but I was using the shower for pain management, and it was so hard to dry off at the end because I was hitting transition, and I couldn't get the darn thing back on, and my hair was a dripping mess, so I just went and got on the bed and let the sheets soak it up.
here's the rundown on birth clothing-
1. birth center/hospital birth with skirt and shirt. they didn't notice i had them on until i was about to push. very annoying.
2. birth center/hospital transfer in march (there was a wheelchair ride across the street at 1am from birth center to hospital, so i had loads of warm blankets on for that part)- i don't remember at all what i was wearing.
3. homebirth- nude
4. homebirth- favorite faded Gap maternity nightgown and bra- baby came too fast for me to get naked. i couldn't rip my clothes off fast enough after she was born.
Hospital birth-hospital gown (I think)
Home birth- nude (was in and out of the tub for labor, midwife didn't do waterbirths)
Three home water births- nude, at least for the actual births (various stages of undress, towels, robes etc. for out of the water parts of labor)
Planning birth center birth for current one, due April/May- we'll see, I will probably take a few sarongs to wear in and out of the water.
Jess, mama to five boys
I had a hospital birth and ended up totally nekked. I started out in a hospital gown, then got into the tub, got out when I had an urge to push. I definitely could not be bothered with clothes!
At home amongst the redwoods with my husband and my son, born 7/5/11, and #2 due in October 2015 Instant CNM, just add !
I started out at home with a skirt and sports bra, walking around or on my yoga ball. Once I got into the tub I took everything off because I hate wearing wet clothes. Actually, I ended up having to find clothes to wear so I could go outside on my front steps to do some squats and walk the steps! I ended up having to transfer to a hospital to deliver. They gave me a gown to wear, but it pissed me off so I just had it completely open. If I had the energy I would have taken it off completely. For me, it's more awkward to be half naked rather than fully naked.
Mama Bear , Papa Bear and Baby Bear (8/11)
Birth one, homebirth in water, wore sports bra.
Birth two, hospital birth (fully Midwife attended), wore my own nightie.
Birth three, homebirth, wore long t-shirt.
I never fully lose my modesty so I wouldn't feel comfortable being fully naked (am I the only one who hates the word "nude"?). I think it's so cool and primal to be naked...but I just can't do it.
Super crunchy Mama to DS1, DS2, DD and wanting a bunch more! We homeschool, bed share, homebirth and baby wear. We're attached, we only cloth diaper and we don't vax. There's a lot more to us than that, but it won't all fit.
I had my first four in the hospital, and I was in a stupid gown. Yuck.
With my home water birth, I was in a swim suit top, but I took it off right when she was born. I don't think I'll wear anything this time.
I was 100% nude during my hospital birth. Occasionally, the nurse would offer me a gown or blanket because she thought I was cold but I never kept it on long. I was in and out of the tub as well so it just didn't make sense to put something on if I was going to take it off again. I didn't plan on being naked, it just happened that way. We're having a homebirth this time around and unless it gets really cold, I doubt I'll be wearing clothes for this birth.
Wife to DH 08/09 and SAHM to DD 09/08 and DS 11/11
Surprise! Expecting #3 Nov. 2013!
I'm very private/modest and knew I would never get fully nude even though the midwife said I would forget that in labor.
Homebirth-labored in baggy shirt, yoga pants, and a swim suit halter top. When I finally got in the birth pool I kept my swim top on. They made me get out to birth/push which I then put on a cover up skirt. They told me to take it off after my water broke so ultimately I birthed in a halter top swim suit which was very comfortable and easy to remove for nursing.
Emelee married to J in 03/07. 12/10 our DD C was at 41.3 weeks, and 06/12 our fraternal DDs A and V were hospital birth at 41.1 weeks.
there was no multiple options for the poll so I vote don my last birth. naked at home during pushing. (long labors so I am all over the place, walking, inside, outside, shower, etc)
at the birth center with #2 I had a tank top on.
and my first birth ( which wasn't asked about b/c it was hospital) I had a gown on.
I imagine you see less video/photo of naked births b/c peopel are less hesitant to post naked video/photos of themselves.
Courtney and Cree, baby made 3, added one more then there were 4, sakes alive, then we had 5, another in the mix now we have 6!
A Momma in love with her Little Women-Jewel Face, Jo Jo Bean, June Bug, and Sweet Coraline.
Completely nekked during one hospital birth and two homebirths.
At some point I always want to get into the water, and after that, well, no way in heck am I even thinking about trying to put clothes on damp skin in between contractions.
I only had a hosp birth, so I'm not really answering your question, but I loved the hospital gown!!!! It was loose and easy and I did not give one thought to any bodily fluids that landed on it!
I did not get in the tub or shower, though- maybe that made it easier for me to keep the gown on. I remember the doula suggesting that I get in the shower, and I was like ?? Couldn't figure out how to manage that and stay covered.
I never lost my modesty during labor at all.
Anyway.... loved the hospital gown!
Sleepy mama to Colin Theodore 8-12-08 and Trevor Arthur 7-17-12.
I started laboring in the sundress I was wearing that day but took it off at some point during the process (I honestly have no recollection of taking it off.) Then I labored for the rest of the time in my bra, only because I was too focused on the contractions to bother taking it off. Once my son was born, bra came off so he could nurse right away. I still love wearing the sundress and think about my son's birth every time!
All 6 of mine were homeborn and I was pretty much nude the whole time. Occasionally I'd slip on a robe or sarong, but usually it'd come off quickly.
Rachel , wifey to best friend Karl ,
SAHM to Kaelan (11) Chandra (9) Liam (7) Lachlan (5) Killian (4),Riordan (1), Baby Boy EDD 11/14. All born at home!
Naked! For both of them - I started off clothed, but the clothes came off somewhere along the line. Oh, thinking back - I did actually have a pair of smartwool socks on at the end of my 2nd birth (it was December and we didn't have central heating at the time ;)).
Lizbiz, wife to my man who makes me smile, and mom to one bouncy boy (08/07), one sassy girl (12/09), and one sweet new boy (08/12).