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January 13th, 2011, 01:19 PM
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I think the most important thing you can do is to have someone specifically "on call" for your children... then just play it by ear. If you have someone there who is dedicated to take care of the kids, then you can decide if they are present based on their own comfort levels and yours. With my first home birth, I labored at night and Kate was born at 2:20am, my older two girls slept through the whole thing. With Paul's birth, my MIL took the older two in the morning because I hadn't slept the night before and my eldest had dance class. She came back at lunch time for Kate. I was in denial I was even in labor till about 90 minutes before he was born. Looking back I don't regret the girls not being there.... I needed to concentrate and liked the quietness of the house.

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