Older children present at the birth?
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July 18th, 2013, 05:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2013
I really considered asking my daughter (10) to be part of the birth last time, but i was concerned that my hospital birth would paint an inaccurate picture of how normal labor and delivery unfold. But then again, she will be 12 this time around, so maybe we will revisit the issue.
If so, i would want to prepare her by exploring the differences between giving birth in the hospital setting and birthing as a natural (non-medical) condition, and how unneeded most interventions are. That way she will be better prepared to think critically. Besides, even if it wont be my ideal birth experience, it will provide an alternative to the ridiculous tv/movie birth scenes shes seen, most of which sadly seem to depict the woman as a victim of the most horrific pain imaginable.
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