If you already have a child (or more than one child) and you're pregnant, you may be considering having your...
If you already have a child (or more than one child) and you're pregnant, you may be considering having your children attend the birth of their new little sibling.Â Having your children at your birth can be a great experience and allow your older children to feel more connected with your new baby. Here are some ways to make this plan run smoothly.
- Grab a picture book of birth and sit down and explain what will really be going on during the birth. There's no need to go into every little detail; a simple but colorful description works best.
- Allow them to practice breathing exercises, birthing ball positions, or any other ways you're preparing for the birth with you and your partner.
- Take them with you to your prenatal care appointments.
- At the birth their needs to be one person who can provide your children with attention. This does not mean your partner and or doula -- someone else, who can make the children food, take them for a walk, and calmly be able to explain what's going on during labor and birth.
- Allow children to cut the cord, help rub the baby's skin, or just be close by after the birth.
- Think about a celebration for after the birth. During early labor you might want to try making a cake (I know work?) but it can help you to take your mind off the labor pains. You and your children can decorate it and then save it to enjoy after the birth.