Null just posted an answer showing Padmé just after giving birth:

space-modesty thing

To my untrained eye, it looks too constraining to be able to give birth while under that cover. Does it expand? Was it only placed over her after giving birth?

Is there a canon explanation for how this works? Perhaps the droid delivered the baby and then immediately placed the cover over her.

(Also, what is its real name? I assume they don't call it a "space-modesty thing".)

  • The idea of an expanding cover came from SQB.
    – Molag Bal
    Jun 17, 2016 at 19:00
  • Is it just me, or does it look suspiciously like the thing was added in post-production?
    – Emil
    Jun 17, 2016 at 19:08

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As you can see from timestamp 0:06 it wasn't on her while she was being scanned, but was over her while she was giving birth.

The official novelisation refers to it as a "tent"

Below the opaque tent that shrouded her from chest down, a pair of surgical droids assisted with her labor. A general medical droid fussed and tinkered among the clutter of scanners and equipment.

This device appears to be the outer space equivalent of medical drapes, providing the patient with some privacy (note that she's in an otherwise exposed room with several people watching) and helping to create a sepsis-free environment.

  • She had the "drapes" on when the droid was pulling Leia away from her, though. It looks like Padme had just given birth to Leia, which means she would have had it on when she gave birth.
    – Null
    Jun 17, 2016 at 18:09
  • @Null - Yes. She had it on throughout the birth. Both the film and the novel are in agreement on that.
    – Valorum
    Jun 17, 2016 at 18:30
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    I think that the problem is the novelization refers to it being from the chest down but the image clearly shows it being from her waist down... chest down makes much more sense. I don't think it's feasible to give birth in a pencil skirt :D
    – Catija
    Jun 17, 2016 at 18:32
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    @amaranth For all we know, they have a mechanically easier birth process and the babies slide out like greased pigs. :P
    – Catija
    Jun 17, 2016 at 18:42
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    @amaranth - The novelisation indicates that it's an opaque tent, which agrees with the film. The fact that it reaches to her chest (as opposed to just above her waist) is technically non-canon, but this seems a very minor point of contention.
    – Valorum
    Jun 17, 2016 at 19:02

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