The best preparation we did was talking about it and reading the book "Hello Baby" which shows a gentle home birth. My ds loved reading this book but was very distressed when we had some videos to watch, particularly with the sounds, so we didn't use videos. We started pretty much before I was pregnant, though the waiting was hard by the end. Ds was 3 years and 8 months at the birth and by then he was insisting that we wake him up for it. We did, and I think he was glad to be there. (only 4 days ago so we haven't seen the long term effects yet). Earlier in the pregnancy he was saying he didn't want to be there if I was going to make noise, but he warmed to it by the end.
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1/26/02 at 8:22am