My 8 year old son has expressed that he would really like to be present (5 year old and 2 year old daughter aren't interested) but I know from previous experience that I really need to be alone for most of labor and have had a hard time even going into labor if the kids are around. Not sure what I'm going to do.
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We've pretty much decided that the kiddos won't be there. DS1 will be 3 and DS2 will be 20mths. We're planning a homebirth - my grandmother lives across the street from me, and the boys love going to gram's house so they definitely won't mind. I know that my births seem to go easier if I can focus on what my body needs to do - I get a lot of power and strength in vocalizing, and I really wouldn't want to have a part of me worried about how the boys are coping with mommy's noises. Also, they tend to be pretty sensitive - DS2 doesn't like loud noises, and DS1 is very empathetic with my moods. I think we'll just have my mom and DH there for the birth (as well as our MW team) - everyone else is welcome to come over right after.