Kids in the Labor Room

How to Prepare Your Child to Attend a New Baby’s Birth
Preparing Children to Be Present at the Birth of a Sibling
By: Angela England

With family-oriented births becoming a priority for more and more women, the number of older siblings attending the birth of their new baby brothers or sisters is increasing. It can be a wonderful experience to participate in the arrival of a new sibling but children who will be present at a birth should have some preparation ahead of time. Here are midwife, doctor, and family approved tips for how to prepare your older children to be present at the birth of a new sibling.

If you’d like to read the whole article, here is the original link to article on Associated Content.


  1. LadyJ on April 15, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I had all older siblings at the births of the younger. They were never afraid, always curious. But I agree completely with preparing them. I bring them to almost all my check ups as well as just talk about birth as a part of everyday conversation. What better way for a child to understand how babies come into the world then for them to see it happen.

  2. chubbycheeks on April 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    My son really wanted to see our latest be born, so we let him. He was so excited and really enjoyed it. I was really happy because my cnm was really good with him and even let him touch the umbillical cord. He was really fascinated by the cord.

  3. Angela on April 25, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Hello – This is Angela England, the author of the article. I’m SO glad to see that it was helpful to you and your clients/friends. However, the site on which I published the article holds exclusive electronic rights to the article. Would you mind posting just the introduction with the link to the remainder of the article? Thanks so much!

    Angela <><