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Old 03-07-2013, 06:11 PM   #21
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Re: Siblings at hospital birth?

I would if my kid was older. I think at my LO's age now, it would only scare her.

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Old 03-07-2013, 08:57 PM   #22
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Re: Siblings at hospital birth?

My daughter is 5 and due to her personality I talked to her about what to expect and asked if she wanted to come with us, or just come later when the babies are out. My mom will bring her and be there to entertain her and help her with anything she needs to keep me and my husband focused on labour.

Even with her personality, I wouldn't consider it if there was no one to come solely to tend to her, and I also wouldn't consider it if I didn't think she could handle it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:00 PM   #23
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Re: Siblings at hospital birth?

We had planned on it, talked with my OB and he was on board, we were going to have MIL come to keep our 2 year old entertained if she couldn't handle being in the room. Needless to say they weren't there because I went into labor at night when they were sleeping and we decided to just let ODD sleep (5.5 yrs old), she was there for DD#2's (the 2 year old) birth at home... which worked out since I needed both DH and my doula for the 30 minutes I was actually there and checked in before DD#3 was born
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I have to say the idea of having someone there to tend to the older siblings sounds good. When my brother was born I was 6 and they took me along to the hospital. I think they just didn't have anyone to watch me. I hadn't been prepared at all for what happens during birth or anything. They had a room you checked in to first, then a delivery room down the hall. I got left in the hospital room by myself and could just hear screaming down the hall. Wasn't sure if it was my mom or what was going on and of course all the staff was gone. Jeez, kind of makes me sad thinking about it. Maybe it was like 5 minutes and its just one of those kid memories where you don't have it remembered quite right. Wouldn't you think there would have been someone in the hospital who I could have sat with? Anyway... I'm definitely thinking it has to be very well planned!
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I had my oldest (11) DD in the room when I had my youngest in December. She really wanted to be there, and I thought it would be a good birth control (ok, and a special memory )
I was induced. I chose not to get an epidural (a first for me.)
I completely lost control during the last 2.5hrs of labor/delivery. I mean, full on crazy. My children have never seen me like that. DD still talks about how much my screaming scared her. I think she had a fairy tale in her head, and the reality of my pain/inability to keep my cool, really traumatized her.
I absolutely refused to allow my mom to come up because she had my 5.5yr old with her. I knew that I was too far gone for him. It really would have upset him to see me like that.

Would I have an older child there? Yes! (Again, birth control! LOL)
No way would I have a younger child there. BUT, that's based on how I know *I* handle "natural" labor.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:43 PM   #26
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I was there when my sister was born, however, I was 16.
My son is 3 and he will not be there when our newest is born.
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