For the moms who have multiple children and are delivering at home, are you planning on having your other children present at the birth? I know it depends on their ages and whether they are interested in it or not. I'm just curious if it's pretty common. I keep thinking I will have my daughter there for her sibling(s) birth(s). If you did, how did it go?
I originally planned on having my almost 3 year old son at my home birth. We watched gentle home birth videos together a couple times a week in the last two months and constantly talked about his new "sister"...(he was very confused that he had a little brother when it was all said and done) :) However, when it came closer to my labor I was having a lot of prodomal (sp) labor, for probably a good week. I'd have great contractions all day long and then I'd get home from work and they would completely stop as I took care of my son. My oldest has NEVER been a good sleeper so I would never have contractions at night either, I was always too concerned with making sure he was resting ok. The Friday following my due date rolled around and I was ready! I decided to call my sister to come pick up my son for the afternoon to see if we could get things started, low and behold...20 minutes after he left I REALLY went into labor. I told my hubby to call my sister and have my son come back when it got to pushing time, but we were all pretty distracted as I freaked out a little through the pushing phase (previous birth trauma). When I finally gave in the baby was born in two contractions so we didn't get a chance to call. In the end I was really glad my oldest wasn't there. He is pretty sensitive and would have been really upset if he saw how upset I was getting. There was crying, screaming and begging for a good 30 minutes until I finally surrendered to my body. My sister doesn't live far so they were back about 30 minutes after the baby was born. He was instantly in love with his new baby, but wanted to know where his sister was. :)