I don’t know anyone who actually likes a hospital gown. The suboptimal coverage, worry about the ties coming undone, and one size does not fit all. I knew that a hospital gown was not something I wanted to labour and deliver in, I wanted to feel comfortable not self conscious. There had to be a better option out there. I started to look into alternatives to hospital gowns for labour and birth and found a wonderful Canadian company called Dressed to Deliever. Designed specifically for expectant mothers the Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown offer fashion and functionality for the day of your baby’s birth and beyond. Labour and Delivery Gowns are stylish, comfortable, affordable and practical for any standard delivery and are a great addition to your wardrobe for the first few days of postpartum. Learn more about the Dressed to Deliver Maternity Hospital Gowns and consider packing one into your hospital bag or adding it to your registry as a gift for mama. Check out these amazing Gifts for a Pregnant Women – Canadian Edition.
You will find the opinions of both Kate and Erin in this review. Kate wore the gown when delievering in 2013, and 2015. Erin will be wearing the labour gown in April 2021 or sooner depending on Baby Boy’s arrival timeline.
Dressed to Deliver Labour Gown Review
The first thing that caught my eye was the variety of prints the birthing gown came in, there is one to fit every style. And the gowns are sized (small – XXL), no more shapeless loose fitting hospital gowns. You can feel pretty and comfortable while in labour. This is one of the best birthing gown options in Canada. Most pregnant moms in labour don’t feel comfortable wearing the traditional hospital gown, and just thinking about how many other people wore them grosses me out so I would much rather bring my own to my delivery. Dressed to Deliver Gowns are amazing as they allow easy access so you won’t even need to remove it for fetal monitoring.
Here are some of the other highlights of the Dressed to Deliever Labour and Delivery Gowns:
- Made of soft jersey knit fabric
- Buttoned straps for easy breast feeding and skin to skin contact
- Snap closures that run the entire length of the back of the dress – allows for easy removal of the dress and access for epidurals
- Front access via snap closures from the empire waist down – allows for discrete monitoring
- Two different styles: One that is higher cut and rounded providing more breast coverage in the fronta, nother that is more of a v neck cut and has a little less coverage
- All of the Dressed to Deliver Gowns are Hospital Approved
The style Kate wore years ago in 2013, is definetly lower cut in the front which shows more clevage, compared to Erin’s in 2021 that is higher cut as has more coverage in the front.
So when it came time for Little Bears arrival my Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown was packed and ready to go. As soon as we arrived at the hospital I got changed into the gown so I would be ready for my IV (I needed to get antibiotics). Since my labour hadn’t really started yet, my midwife suggested we do some walking. Instead of staying in the labour and delivery area we ventured out to do laps of the whole hospital. The birthing gown looks and feels like a dress, so I was completely comfortable to pace the hospital for over 2 hours to get my labour going and even venture down to the Tim Hortons at the hospital.
My midwives loved the easy access of the birthing hospital gown for fetal monitoring. I was able to have my monitoring done without having to hike up the dress or feel exposed. If you needed continuous monitoring or wanted an epidural that is no problem for this birthing gown, just open the snaps in the required areas and leave the rest closed for complete coverage. When it came time to deliver Little Bear I was able to open up the snaps on the front of the gown to allow for skin to skin contact. The gown washed up perfectly and could easily be worn postpartum as it give easy access for nursing. I know I will be wearing this dress again *IF* we decide to have another baby (way in the future, don’t get excited just yet). (Update to add: I DID wear the gown again when I had baby Roo 2 years later in 2015) Need one of these Dressed To Deliver birthing gowns for your delivery? Shop directly on their website. Dressed to Deliver has also expanded their line of products to include Nursing Essentials, Maternity Robes, Newborn Swaddles and hats, and reusable nursing pads.
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My midwives were very impressed with the Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown, they had never seen anything like it before. One of my midwives commented that she loved the functionality of the birthing gown so much that she was going to buy one as a gift for her daughter that is expecting, a true testament to the design of this dress. Get rid of those yucky hospital gowns on your baby’s birth day, feel comfortable and covered in a Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown.
Check out Erin’s Review Video on Youtube – Jan 2021 (found below)
Much More than just a Birthing Gown
The gown is super comfortable and has all the features of a hospital gown and more it is a great alternative to the uncomfortable hospital gown and offers versatility as it can be worn in multiple ways:
BEFORE DELIVERY – As a maternity dress towards the end of pregnancy, it even works in the winter if you add some leggings.
DURING DELIVERY – It opens it quite well so no need to worry about a mess, and the fabric does wash really well so it definitely can be used for multiple deliveries.
AFTER DELIVERY – After you have a baby the first couple weeks you just want to be comfortable and have easy access to nurse and this dress definitely helped.
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for review purposes. All opinions are strictly my own.
Originally posed Jan 2013. Updated in 2021.
19 thoughts on “Dressed to Deliver Birthing Gown Review”
This gown is FAB and looks great on you…. with that said, where were they when I had kids??? LOL. I could have used one 15 or 18 years ago. Boy, they look so functional and comfortable. Not like a breezy, sleazy, hospital gown. Love this gown, and if I magically get pregnant, (which I highly doubt, but I still have eggs), I’ll be sure to get one or two of these. Thanks.
I love this company. Although I haven’t had a labour long enough to use a birthing gown, I LOVE my babe wrap they make too and plan to use it for a lonnnnnnnnnnng long time. 😀
Love the pictures of the gown in action. 🙂
While I birthed in my own tank top and skirt (think yoga pants skirt ;)) I think I would have loved something like this. I would love to use them if I did decide on a 3rd child.
Glad you like the gown Danielle we are coming out with some great new styles in May (spoiler alert : includes v-necks and a pleated neckline.. absolutely beautiful 🙂
What a great idea! Moms should feel comfortable and look great when giving birth too.
you’re giving birth, why would you want or need to look ‘great’? Its not like you’re doing a photoshoot for a mag or anything. You’re giving birth. You’re covered in amniotic fluid, blood and vernix. I’m all about being comfortable, but looking good? That sounds so vain and shallow, something a Kim Kardashian would say. I wore a tank top and thats it for all three deliveries, no need for a ridiculous dress or fancy wardrobe to push a baby out of your crotch.
Hi Jess, the gown may not be for everyone but because the gown is so comfortable and has all the features of a hospital gown and more it is a great alternative to the uncomfortable hospital gown!
Not to mention the versatility of the gown, as it can be worn:
BEFORE DELIVERY as a maternity dress ( I wore mine with legging in my latter pregnancy during the winter!) and was VERY comfortable in it.
DURING DELIVERY – my personal experience I did not get much mess on the gown as it opens right up as you can see in one of the pictures above so it is clear from most of the mess.. not to say it won’t get messy but luckily the fabric does wash up nicely 🙂
AFTER DELIVERY I lived in my gown after having my son .. nursed in it at night since the straps allowed for easy access.
I personally believe the gown is MUCH MORE than a gown to look beautiful in!
I love the design and practicality of this dress. I wish they had been around when my kids were born. I would have bought one for sure.
Thanks for the compliment Pam 🙂
What a great idea. I hate my ugly hosptial gowns in my children’s birth pictures. So glad to hear there are trendy and beautiful options now.
Okay, I totally want one!!! I was just at the hospital (for a kidney stone) and had to wear one of their gowns… I’m not giving birth at the hospital (planning a homebirth), but this would still be totally awesome for any birth! 🙂 Thanks for the review.
I really want to order one of these! What’s the sizing like? I am normally around a size 6…
You won’t regret it! I LOVED this gown, and so did my midwives.
For sizing, I normally wear a medium (size 8-10), but ordered a large, as I thought I might need the extra room in the chest area. The Large fit OK, but I think I would have been fine in a medium as well.
I would say order whatever size you normally wear and you should be good.
Best wishes for your birth.
I really want to get one of these, but I’m on the fence because I’m worried about sizing. I’m normally a small/medium (around size 6 also)but I’m really busty what with being pregnant. I think I may get a Small because it looks really stretchy…(I hope I don’t regret it–I hate to spend that kind of money on something that won’t fit!)
Ashley… I’d get the medium! I got medium and Im about a 38C with pregnancy bust. It was a perfect fit. Although I did not end up wearing it during labor, I lived it post partum. After having a c section I literally stayed in it for like 3 days.
Christie so nice to hear you were able to make use of the gown after your c-section. We constantly get this question and although I personally have not gone through a c-section I do have friends who have and they also found the gown useful. I would love to have a testimonial from you if you ever have a moment to send us one 🙂 email us at email@example.com
HI Ashley, have a look at our sizing scale with regards to the bust size.. If you are on the cusp of the size go with the larger size. Hope that helps. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Oh no! I ordered a small because that’s all they had in the color I wanted! I’m a 36 DD right now…I’m hoping it won’t be super uncomfortable…hopefully DtD will let me exchange it if I need to. It might be a pain to do since I’m in New Mexico and she’s in Canada! Yikes…
Hi Ashley just noticed this post.. Did you receive your gown. I don’t remember sending anything to New Mexico….but we have had an influx of orders so.. It could very well have already been received by you!