BBL 082: Having Older Kids at Birth

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Should you have your older child or children at your new baby's birth? Today I talk about how to decide – and how to prepare your kiddos if you want them there.

Topics I Cover in This Podcast:

  • Deciding if your kid(s) should be at your new baby's birth
  • What you can do to prepare young children for birth
  • Topics you should cover with older children
  • How to decide if you should have someone there for your child
  • Preparations for your child (hint: this is important for your peace of mind!)
  • Helping your child's helper be ready for the birth
  • What to do if you or your child decides it's best not to be there
  • Making the right choice for your family – with no guilt

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Kristen is a pregnancy coach, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! I've spent nearly two decades helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Does complete support for a sacred birth and beautiful beginning for your baby resonate with you? Contact me today to chat about how powerful guidance and coaching can transform your pregnancy, birth, and mothering journey <3

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