The Pretty Company Gownie Review

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I was sent a Gownie™ by The Pretty Company to review.  I’d spotted the Gownies™ before I was even pregnant and thought they were a brilliant idea, so jumped at the chance to review one.

Gownies™ are specially designed for breastfeeding and skin to skin contact in those all important hours after giving birth.

“Gownies™ give you total flexibility, wear them forwards, backwards, two at a time one front and one back – yes its been done! For labour, as a quick throw on after the birth pool, for receiving visitors, Gownies™, maternity wear/birthwear is such a success because it makes you feel less exposed, more confident in a tricky situation, individual and well covered.”

I had intended to wear my Gownie™ for the actual birth, but as you can see from my birth story I didn’t have time to get changed when I was in the hospital, but still, determined to wear my Gownie™, I changed into it after giving birth and after I had my shower. The student midwife who was with me commented on it and said how lovely it was and how it was a really good idea.

 

Hospital gowns are so unflattering, but the Gownie™ is pretty, made from cotton and has a satin trim,  and keeps you covered up as instead of ties,  there are press studs all down the back, so there is no gaping. There are also press studs at the front to allow you to have skin to skin and breastfeed. I was wearing it when my in-laws came to visit, and didn’t feel like I was exposed at all.

There are two sizes available for you to choose from based on your pre-pregnancy size, so you are guaranteed to be comfortable and there are plenty of designs to choose from.

If you aren’t sure what to wear when giving birth or for the stay in hospital afterwards, then you should definitely give a Gownie™ a try.

Gownies™ start at £29.99 and are available to buy on their website.

*I was not paid to write this post, however I was provided with a Gownie™ to review, but I have not been told what to write and all opinions are my own. 

Love/Hate

I love the NHS. Really, I do. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here. Granted, it took them long enough to get me into the system to get my treatment, but still, without them, things would be very different.

However, I do also hate it. I hate the waiting. For instance, every time I have to go for a haematology appointment, they are running approximately an hour late. I wouldn’t mind if it was every now and again, but it’s every time. Meanwhile, my car park charge is increasing. And, if I have Jake with me, it’s a nightmare because there isn’t anywhere to change him, so I have to leave the haematology unit, make the 5 minute walk to the main hospital to change him, then walk back, at which point, I’ve more than likely been called in.

Tomorrow, I have a hospital appointment. The appointment is at 1345, yet they want me there 10 minutes before. Apparently I can expect to be there for 2 hours, but to prepare to be there all afternoon if I have to see the consultant, but there is no mention in the letter whether I need to see the consultant or not.

I wouldn’t mind, but is my actual appointment really going to take all afternoon, or is the majority of that going to be sat in the waiting room, occasionally being ushered from one place to the other?

Surely there are better ways to organise an appointment system. They’ve spent millions on a new patient record system, but how it’s actually made a difference, I’m yet to find out.