Toddlers in the delivery room?

Candace - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I was watching A Baby Story on TLC the other day and it was a home water birth. The family had their 2 or 3 year old daughter in the room for the delivery. It got me thinking because I am 28 weeks pregnant and my son will be about 2 years old when I deliver. I cannot imagine letting him be present for the birth. From what I remember, that was a rather traumatic experience and I think it would freak him out to see me in that kind of distress. I must admit, I did not handle the birthing process as well as this mother on TV did! The hospital I will be delivering at doesn't allow young children in the room so it's not an issue for me. Have any moms allowed their little ones to be in the delivery room? How did it go?

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Melissa - posted on 06/21/2011

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I was unable to have a natural birth with my first, so I cant' say how I'd handle it. I'm hoping to go VBAC with this second one, but we'll have to see. I think if the mother already knows from previous experience that she has a high threshold for pain and is able to maintain a good composure through out the birthing process, then I wouldn't see a huge issue with it. I've always felt children should be exposed to as much as possible (while obviously maintaining their mental and physical safety and well being). I mean, I wouldn't recommend daddy and toddler standing behind the doctor to watch the baby pop out, THAT might be a bit much, but I think it would be cool to have daddy and first born with me when my second is born! That won't happen, because I'm delivering in a hospital due to my previous cesarean, but I think if I were doing an at-home water birth I'd consider allowing my son in the room!

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