Jessica - posted on 01/29/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )
I'm 23 weeks pregnant with my second child and my 5 year old son has been very involved and is VERY excited to be a big brother. :) We've discussed the process and anatomy and watched animations and videos of births, as well as realistic explanations that are still at a level of his understanding (ex. Mommy's crotch has a hole for the baby to come out of the tummy, the baby is ready to come out when the water bubble pops, the cord is connected to a bag called the placenta that helps air and food and blood get to the baby, when you cut the cord it might bleed a little but it doesn't hurt Mommy or baby, etc.).
He wants to be there for the birth and understands that it is very special but he doesn't HAVE to be there. Actually he saw cutting the cord, asked about it and wants to participate in that as well. I'm going to talk with my midwife about all of this as well, but I'm wondering how many of you have had an older sibling participate in the birth process and how it went?