Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
What did you wear in your hospital room?
The following questions are for mothers and fathers (wait for it dads, see below).
What did you wear in the early hours of your birth experience at the hospital? What did you wear in the final moments?
Goo-Ga Style aka The Peanut Shell debuted its own line of hospital gowns this month. Designer birthing gowns are not new, but were news to me.
The pitch: "The couture Hospital Gowns provide the essential design elements found on a normal hospital gown, but have added fashion necessities. Hospital Gowns by the Peanut Shell use only the strongest designer snaps, are hand-made in the USA, use lightweight breathable fabrics, have a comfortable neckline, and come in two sizes to fit most body types."
It got me thinking… what do most men and women wear in their hospital room? From the get-go, my wife wore a sarong for both of our children, but with the second child she went au gratin near the end. A sarong is comfortable and more flexible and easier to remove than a dress.
(Sorry, au gratin is my word for naked. Yeah, I don’t have a reason why. It’s just one of those things. Maybe it’s because I like potatoes.)
Now, being a dad, my only conceivable concern for my own attire was the vanity of wanting to not look too pathetic in photos my kids would be seeing decades from now. I wore a plain red shirt the first time and my Domo-kun shirt the second time.
I asked my wife, who is a labor and delivery nurse, what most new parents do. She said half of the women she assists wear a hospital gown when offered, but it’s not required. The other half of women wear a variety of garments, such as night gowns, stretch pants or summer dresses. Whatever you wear gets pulled up or down in the end anyway, and some women find it more comfortable to shed everything.
I asked if she has ever assisted in a birth by a nudist family. You know, walk in the room and all of the assembled family members are naked. She said "no" and gave me a disapproving look, but it still seems plausible to me. Hey, if they need an excuse, they’re naked in solidarity with the mother-to-be.
It turns out that, while there is no guideline for mothers, there is one for fathers â€” underwear, preferably swim trunks, if doing a water birth.
So… it’s sharing time… What did you wear moms and dads?