Having a baby is one of the most momentous occasions in a woman’s life. It’s also one of the hardest. The process isn’t called labor for nothing! It’s an emotionally and physically exhausting time and when the work is done, you have the most precious, cuddly little baby in your arms and more love in your heart than you could have ever imagined beforehand. Birthing a child is one of the hallmarks of a woman’s life whether it’s her first or her tenth and that’s why it can be important to document the first moments of your baby’s life with pictures.
If you are anything like me, you may not look so hot in the pictures taken of you and baby while you are still in the hospital. I’m a minimalist when it comes to packing for the hospital and don’t pack makeup and fancy clothes but that doesn’t mean that I want to look like a hot mess either when I look back at my photos. For me, in order to feel pulled together enough for visitors and for my own comfort, I need to have relatively neat hair, comfortable but presentable clothes, and a washed face. Let’s be honest, those standard issued hospital gowns that are, ahem, breezy and typically too short just don’t cut it. They aren’t modest, they are uncomfortable, and they are just plain ugly! That’s why I was so excited to be given the opportunity during this last pregnancy to review a homemade maternity hospital delivery gown from ModMum that I found through their cute Etsy shop.
ModMum, run by work at home mom Lisa Kalberer, specializes in homemade stylish baby slings, but after being disappointed with the functionality of her own hospital gown and her after delivery photos, the company branched out to start producing their fashionable and comfortable delivery gowns!
Lisa’s husband works in a hospital so she spent time researching and speaking to labor and delivery nurses to find out what kind of gown design would be the most efficient and appropriate for childbirth and recovery. Then she added her own flair to give the gowns that stylish pizazz that makes a new mom feel beautiful.
I chose this pretty purple, lime, and pink fabric for my gown. I also chose to have a lime green sash to accompany it. There are many great customizable features to this gown including fabric design, sash color, and even length. I chose to have a bit more length added to my gown for more modesty. When my package arrived it was wrapped up very neatly and I was excited to pull it out and check it out.
All of ModMum’s gowns are 100% cotton and the sashes are satin. I loved mine from first sight. I couldn’t wait to be able to use it when my son was born.
The gowns have snaps at the breastbone on each side to make breastfeeding easier and more discreet for mom. Instead of the standard ties that don’t really cover you from behind, there are snaps that close from top to bottom, providing ample coverage. No more need to put a robe on to hide what may peep out in a standard hospital gown! These snaps also make it easy for nurses and doctors to access the areas that they need to during birth and afterward. The sash is removable so you can use it to accentuate your pregnant belly before and remove it for more comfort postpartum.
I chose not to wear my gown during the actual delivery of my son. It was so pretty that I didn’t want to chance it getting ruined in the messiness that is childbirth. However, I did put it on after the big event and spent the majority of the remainder of my hospital stay wearing it. It was very comfortable and I was complimented by nurses and visitors alike on the gown.
I love that my after birthing pictures went from this:
|Me with our 1st child|
|Me with our 4th child just 2 1/2 weeks ago!|
While every mom will cherish the birth of her children no matter what she is wearing, with ModMum’s comfortable and stylish gowns, you can look back at yourself with less of a cringe. You can enjoy your hospital stay a little more when you aren’t concerned with keeping gowns in place and not flashing others.