Finding a birthing gown that is pretty, functional, comfortable and affordable can be a challenge, but guess what? I just found the solution for this problem: the BG Birthing Gown.
First, and perhaps most importantly, it is supremely comfortable. The BG Birthing Gown is made of Rayon Lycra. For those of us who aren’t fabric experts, Rayon is a “...family of bio-based, manufactured (not synthetic fiber, but not natural fiber) textiles produced from natural raw materials.” In other words, it is smooth, soft, cool, absorbent and does not insulate body heat. Lyrca is a stretchy spandex fiber that is generally spun with other fabrics to create additional comfort, movement and shape. Because the Birthing Gown is partially made of Lycra, it will retain its shape and comfort through many wearings and washings.
So what does this gown really feel like when you put it on? I felt soft, cozy and cool. Definite thumbs up there!
The gown is a wrap-style dress. Normally I’m not a big fan of wraps. I always feel like I’m going to flash my thigh or backside when I'm in one - definitely not a pleasant sensation! On their site, BG Birthing Gown says that their gowns are, “True wrap style dress with opening in the back.” They delivered on this promise; the gown wrapped around much further than most wrap style dresses and didn’t make me feel exposed anywhere. I found that the downside to such full coverage was that I had some difficulty figuring out where the ties were supposed to go, so if you decide to purchase one of these fabulous gowns, try it on a time or two before labor day rolls around!
I think the thing I most loved about this gown is that it is medically appropriate - meaning nurses and doctors can easily work with it to do all the clinical tasks they may need to perform - from IV’s and blood pressure monitoring to slits by the pockets that are designed specifically for electronic fetal monitoring.
The implications of these slits didn’t truly hit me until I put the gown on. I then realized that you could be hooked up to electronic fetal monitoring without having to expose your belly or legs to the whole world! The slits also serve to hold the cords for fetal monitoring back at your sides, so if you want to get up they aren’t in your way so much.
Finally, the Birthing Gown velcros at the shoulders, so you can easily unfasten the shoulder and do skin to skin or breastfeed your baby modestly.
Overall I really liked the birthing gown. The only complaint I had was that I had a hard time figuring out how to put it on. Other than that, it was comfortable, stylish, and wonderfully medically accessible! I would definitely recommend it to any pregnant mama! I hope to make these gowns available here on Birth Beyond Bias soon and we have a giveaway coming up soon!