My daughter (aged 2 and a half) was present for the birth of her baby brother. We planned to have someone here to look after her in case she needed to leave (because she was upset or bored or if I decided I didn't want her there) but as things panned out she was was watching Seasame Street right uptil I called her in just as he was born. She was very interested, though she thought (understandably) that the placenta was gross. While I don't know how much she will remember I hope it helps her to think of birth as just a part of life, not necessarily a huge emergency like it always seems to be on tv.
I think being there helped her bond with her baby brother and she has never seemed to be jealous of him the way some other kids are when their new siblings arrive. I think that has to do with the fact that his arrival was just a part of our family life, not me going away somewhere and coming back with a new baby.
Other families I know who had siblings present for their labours were quite happy with the experience too. Often the kids sleep through most of it and are just woken up to meet their new brother or sister.
It is a matter of personal choice, but for me, I wouldn't do it. I saw how upset that my sister got watching me in pain and I just feel that it would be too much for my daughter as she still quite young. I think at 4 years old they really do understand that people have feelings and although they still can have the tunnel view of life, I feel that my child would feel upset seeing me wailing in pain lol
Young children might find the screaming of their mother distressing if it is a particularly hard birth, in which case it might be best for them to wait outside. If, however, they are old enough not to get too upset by that, then I think it will help the child become closer to their sibling.
It depends how you labour. Not all women scream. I never did. It can help to talk about/demonstrate other noises you might make (grunting, moaning etc.) ahead of time and explain the reasons for them and maybe watch some birth videos. It also depens a bit on the age and maturity of the child.
I wouldn't incase the baby (or you) died - how traumatic would that be. I haemoraged really badly about an hour after I gave birth and the adults present were really distressed because there was blood all over the place (I was really out of it from lack of blood so didn't care) but I wouldn't want a kid to see that. I just think it's too out of your control to make that decision. That said, we know people who have done it, and their kids loved it.
No. Even animals get as far away from everyone and everything they can when birth is pending. Birth of a baby needs quiet, and the mothers concentration and the availability of the chance to zone INTO that trancelike state to give birth. Birth nowadays is somewhat a spectacle for anyone that wants to tune in. Even in caesarean sections which although it surrounds a natural function,is actually a surgical procedure. Mothers are entitled to give birth in an environment as close to natural as possible i.e. quiet, calm, relaxing and private - not worrying about the effect or behaviour of other people around them. Mothers should be totally and absolutely focused on the job.
I remember a friend telling me she didn't feel ready to give birth until her eldest daughter (who had been away at a friend's house or something) was home, she just didn't feel calm and relaxed until all her children were there. I guess it's different for different women. I was kind of oblivious to who was or wasn't there until the baby was out.
it's a place for newborns. Not a place for children, toddlers. IMO not a place for young teenagers (13-18).either Might put some off reproducing at all. It is all very well, once you are in love and wanting to procreate, but when courting - it can be a pretty off putting sight.
Because there's always at least one child at a birth Donjo. It's a funny sentence at face value.
Having siblings at birth works well for some people, and the children I have talked to who were present at the birth of siblings were happy to have been included. Though if it did make a 13 year old think they might not want to rush into having a baby I would think that was a good thing.
If you mean the baby that is born, yes, of course. That's OBVIOUS, so why the stupid reply in first instance? 'Oneupmanship' on your part or do you just like to be a smart@&$/? Makes you 'feel' better, does it?
Tone is hard to get across online, unfortunately. And I guess we don't always find the same things funny. I remember I had a question about nude beaches a while back and you posted that you'd never seen a clothed beach. At the time I found it slightly annoying because it didn't add anything to the discussion. Same thing here I suppose. Not everybody finds the same things funny.
Jennifer it would be a good thing if it put a 13 year old off having relationships that end up in a pregnancy. But it might not be a good thing if a 25 year old still remembered the birth and was still being put off. The end result of a pregnancy is a marvel.....that's the very end result, the trip getting to the end result can be very frightening and somewhat "off putting".