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 childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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