Erin - posted on 02/27/2010 ( 101 moms have responded )
Who here would be comfortable letting an older child be present for the birth of a younger one?
If so, how old do you think is appropriate and what are the benefits?
If not, why not? Do you think it would traumatise a child to see labour and birth? Would you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with your child seeing you at your most vulnerable? Would it distract you?
Or is it an unbelievable opportunity for family bonding?
This whole concept intrigues me. I was watching some home birth videos on YouTube and many had older siblings present. Some were just toddlers so probably had little idea what was going on. But another had a 9 year old get into the birthing pool to catch the baby. I'm curious where others stand on this issue.