If you're like a lot of pregnant women, you have a general idea as to how you want your labor and delivery to go. In that birth plan, it's important to note whether or not you want to give birth sans clothes. It's seems like such an insignificant detail, but what you wear when you give birth actually matters. In fact, there are some benefits of giving birth naked that every pregnant woman should know, prior to writing her labor and deliver plans down.
Parents says not only do you not have to wear the standard issue hospital gown when you go into labor (if you're giving birth in a hospital), you actually don't have to wear anything at all. If you don't want to, of course. Even though you're pregnant, contracting, leaking bodily fluids, and preparing to have a baby exit your body, you're still entitled to full bodily autonomy. Your doctor cannot pressure you into doing anything you don't want to do — like wearing, or removing, more clothing than you'd prefer. This goes for every decision you make during labor and delivery, so be sure you're fully informed before agreeing, or disagreeing, to any procedures or medications.
Having said that, there are a few benefits of giving birth naked, if it's something you're comfortable with, including the following: