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What do you think about siblings being present for the birth?

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I never thought I'd consider this, but I have heard both good and bad about siblings being there for birth.  Has anyone had a sibling watch?  Wouldnt that scare them? 

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by on Mar. 28, 2008 at 2:18 AM
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by on Jun. 27, 2008 at 3:06 PM
I do think a lot has to do with the age, maturity, and preparation of the child.  When I delivered my daughter two years ago there was no question that my sons were welcome if they wanted to be.  My oldest was 10 and youngest 5.5.  Being a doula they have seen pictures and videos of births as well as a lot of baby story and what not on the tv.  They did great and to this day are very grateful for being there.  It was one of the best experiences for me and quite honestly the best day of my life.  I gave birth in my home in a birth tub, to candlelight, my boys by my side saying the sweetest things, my husband delivered (we had a doula photographing and midwife supervising) it was perfect and our family was complete.  I have witnesses other siblings varied ages be present for the deliveries and for the most part the younger ones did best when they came in as mom was pushing the baby out.

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by on Jun. 30, 2008 at 6:50 AM

My daughter will be 9 in Oct. And I asked Her that last 2 times and She said NO. She did not want to see me in pain. And She would just wait in the waiting room. I have invited Her to this next one. And She surprisingly said Yes. But, we will see if She does. =0)

by on Jul. 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM
No, my almost 3 year old won't be present for the birth of my next child. I think it would scare him.
by on Jul. 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM
I like the idea. If the child and parent are comfortable with it i don't see why not.
There is a big difference between a hospital birth and a peaceful home (or birthing centre) birth.
The hospital atmosphere itself might scare some kids so i don't think i would be comfortable bringing  a child in to see that.


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