We're planning our first homebirth and are very excited to have our two-year-old participate. Does anyone have recommendations for a children's book about homebirth? As a childbirth educator, I have plenty of books/videos/charts about birth...and my son enjoys them all...but I would love a simple picture book about babies being born at home. :-)
As a side note, I'm going to create a Shutterfly book about my son's experience with the story and photos from his pregnancy, labor, birth, and firsts. I think it will be a nice way for him to feel special, prepare for his sibling, and also have a little momento to keep. Has anyone done this with their children, and if so, do you have tips for what they liked best?
Thanks, all, for your feedback!
Crunchy mama to DS (born 10/08) and DD (born 07/11). I'm also a childbirth educator, birth doula, and urban homesteading hopeful.
My midwife lent us "Hello Baby" by Jenni Overend, and my 2.5 year old loved it... especially the page where you can see the baby coming out!
there is a book called "a chair for always" it tells the story of a little girl waiting for her cousin's birth. they live in the same house, so she talks about the homebirth and midwife coming, btu they don't show the labor or anything. lots of "after the baby was born we..." it isn't necessarily informative or tells what to expect, but definately normalizes it for kids who only have heard of hospital births.