Preparing the Older Child For the New Baby

Siblings at the Birth
If you are thinking about having your older child or children present at the birth of this baby you will need to involve the child in your prenatal care and prepare him or her for the experience of birth by giving simple but vivid descriptions of how the baby is born, what happens in labor, and how you may behave.

Children are fascinated by how the baby grows in the uterus. But remember that children need not only see pictures of giving birth but can get familiar with the breathing and other sounds you may make. Only you can know if this experience will be right for a child. It can be a great education.

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Excerpted from The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
Copyright 1996 by Sheila Kitzinger. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Sheila Kitzinger is known and respected internationally as one of the foremost authorities on pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood and grandmotherhood, and has written many books on these subjects. She lives in Oxford, England.

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