Excerpt from Asking for a Pregnant Friend: 101 Answers to Questions Women Are Too Embarrassed to Ask about Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood
Not at all. For some women, having clothes on during birth can feel distracting and restrictive. Taking it all off can leave your mind clear to focus on breathing, moving, or doing any other relaxation techniques that help you move through contractions. And no one supporting you during birth will think twice about you being naked. Doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas are totally used to all states of undress when supporting a laboring mom.
To ensure you stay comfortable with your nudity during birth, be really clear about who is and who isn’t allowed in your birthing space. For example, if you don’t want your father-in-law dropping in when you’re doing naked hip swirls, let everyone know that no one is allowed in the birth space unless they get explicit permission from you.
What to do
Keep reminding yourself that there’s nothing wrong with being buck naked during birth. Then consider the following:
Put it in your preferences. Add the following line to your birth preferences: “I request complete privacy during birth. In addition to the necessary medical care providers, only the following people are allowed in the birth space [insert names].”
Tell your partner. It can be helpful to give your partner a heads-up about your desire to be nude, especially if you think they’ll be uncomfortable with it. But don’t let them dictate what you do and don’t wear during labor. You can give them the courtesy of a discussion, but you get the final say in what you wear.
Bring “just in case” birth clothes. It doesn’t hurt to have a nursing bra, robe, and loose, comfortable clothing on hand in case you feel like being clothed during certain phases of labor.