A good friend of mine will come take care of DS (3) while I labor and birth. So far from my answering her questions she knows we'll have a midwife, and I told her about how you can't know for sure when labor will start until it does, but it starts off easy and spaced out and gets more intense and contractions come more frequently as we get closer to having the baby. Maybe I'll need to mention that clothes get in the way in heavy labor and I really won't care who sees me undressed at that point. She's 17 and doesn't know much about birth except that home seems much more comfortable than the hospital for these things, she looks forward to when she'll have her own someday and wants to homebirth then. What else might I want to prepare her for that I'm not thinking of? She'll likely be in and out of the space I'm in through much of labor and they may come in for the actual emergence. Her responsibility will just be to care for DS, nothing birth related really, still I don't want her caught off guard or freaked out by anything.