Depending on what part of labor, I am not able to be emotionally aviable to my kids while i am labor, I can not have them coming for a hug or a snuggle or asking me anything- while I am in labor I can not pull myself out of my primal place to mother, I need to just stay in my place
so... for labor I like to have another adult here who can answer questions, bake a birthday cake with the kids and just be there for snuggling
that is what happened for one home birth, my mom made a cake and they sung along to the Sound of Music while I was in labor.
With the next one, I did not have an adult I felt good about in the house, so I did not go into hard labor till MINUTES after I got my last child to sleep- then I sillently labored and had me a baby so I would not wake them
When baby was born, one of my girls woke up to her crying, and came over and wrapped me in a housecoat and ran and got blankets for baby and put her hat on baby (she was 2 years old) - we snuggled silently together and waited for the midwives to show up- she was the BEST birth support :)
in both homebirths my two year olds have cut the cord
and I will never forget with my 2nd daughters birth- my 1st daughter I invited everyone in for actual delivery- when baby was coming- the room filled
my daughter was kissing my face telling me how much she loved me and that baby was coming and that I was doing great- she was two- and she was kissing me and pushing my hair out of my face- the BEST labor partner anyone could ever have :)