Older children present at the birth?
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June 10th, 2013, 09:48 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Washington State
My kids have always been welcome at subsequent sibling births. With my second baby, my first was 23 months, with the third the older two were 2.5 and 4.5.
To prepare I watched birth videos with them and talked them through what was going to happen. I always have had an adult they were comfortable with at the birth specifically for them.
It went just fine both times. I really think it helped with the transition and we had little to no jealousy of the new baby.
This time around the girls will be 8, 6, and almost 4 and of course will be welcome to be at the birth.
That said, if I were having a hospital birth I would not have them be there for various reasons. I also know how I labor and I stay very calm outwardly so it doesn't freak my kids out and I very effectively tune out the world around me, so I am not bothered by them for the most part.
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!
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