• Stylish Birthing Gowns

    These cute and comfortable alternatives to the standard hospital gown add a personal touch to your birth experience

    By Elisabeth Reed

    Sure, delivery gowns provided by hospitals are perfectly fine and it’s certainly not necessary to bring your own. But there are so many things that are out of your control during labor and delivery that it can be reassuring to have a say about something–even if it’s just your appearance! (Especially in this picture-happy Facebook era!)  If you’re interested in delivering your baby in style, here are five great fashionable, functional and most importantly, comfortable options when it comes to maternity gowns.

    dearjohnnies Lucy Gown.

    With 10 percent of the proceeds going to breast cancer research, there’s more to feel good about with this light pink and white polka dot gown lined with grosgrain ribbon than just the way you feel in it. Made from 100 percent cotton, it’s totally functional, featuring standard back-snap closures lined with decorative ties and snaps at the shoulders to allow for breast-feeding or exams. You can even have it monogrammed with your initials. $68 (additional $12 for a monogram).

     

    100% Organic Cotton Delivery Gowns by Gownies.

    Available in a variety of floral prints, this gown offers a soft, feminine look for moms-to-be. I like that it’s organic and comes with the practical features moms need, like snap closures at the back to keep you covered and at the shoulder to allow for breast feeding or exams.  It even comes with a matching pillowcase to add a touch of personality to your hospital room. $60 (additional $13 for personalization).

     

    ‘I Dream of Coffee’ by Pretty Pushers

    Moms looking to add a bit of humor to their labor and delivery experience will appreciate this gown, which also comes in “sushi” and “cocktail” themes. The 100 percent cotton gown has a halter top and low cut back that makes it easy to slip on, while allowing easy access for an epidural. There’s a front opening (closed by bows) for an electronic monitor if needed. Best of all, it’s disposable–so you won’t have to worry about cleaning it! $28.

     

    Blush BG Birthing Gown by BG&Co.

    This gown was cleverly designed by a nurse to be suitable for the birthing process—but without the embarrassment of having the back hanging open like on a standard hospital gown. It fits like a typical wrap dress with an empire waist and looks like a regular outfit that’s attractive enough for visitors and pictures. Yet, it’s still functional, opening easily with front ties to nurse or for check-ups. Available in a variety of colors. $65.


    BYOG Havana Rose.

    This gown got a huge boost when Tori Spelling chose to wear it while giving birth to baby number two. The striking black and white rose pattern hides the fact that this is otherwise very much a standard hospital gown. Made from 100 percent soft cotton, it has practical snap closures in the back to keep you covered and sleeves that easily unsnap for nursing.  A removable hot pink ribbon adds a splash of color. $95.