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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%
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:56 PM - Thread Starter
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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.


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Old 10-25-2011, 01:55 AM
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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.

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Old 10-25-2011, 06:18 AM
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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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Old 10-25-2011, 11:24 AM
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Totally nude for both my home and hospital births. I get so HOT during labor that clothing was just not an option!

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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.

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I birthed my first baby in a hospital, completely nude, but I was wearing a night gown when I birthed my second baby at home, on my bed.  Ironic?

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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

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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!

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Old 10-26-2011, 10:55 PM
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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.

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Three homebirths, two land and one water. With my first I was nude, second had a big loose T on, and my third (waterbirth) I was nude.

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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.  



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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Old 11-10-2011, 07:17 AM
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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.

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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.

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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 dizzy.gif ??  Couldn't figure out how to manage that and stay covered.


I never lost my modesty during labor at all.





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Old 11-11-2011, 08:44 AM
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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!

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Old 11-17-2011, 05:54 PM
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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.

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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 ;)). 

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I wore a baggy t shirt of hubby's

I'm kind of a never nude. I prefer to have at least part of me dressed at all times unless I'm in the shower or in bed with hubby ;)

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