Big Brothers, Big Sisters
May 26, 2004 3:25 PM Subscribe
Was your toddler present at the birth of his or her sibling(s)?
posted by tristeza to Human Relations (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have been asked to participate in the birth of my best friends’ second child by taking care of their toddler (2.5 years old) during labor, and, if all goes well, being his caretaker during the birth itself, for which they want him present. The fact that I might be there for the birth scares the living shit out of me quite enough, but I am completely wigged out at the prospect of this little cutie seeing birth in action. I am keeping my damn mouth shut around them about my personal opinions, but I’m wondering if any of you have had this experience and can relate the good, bad or the ugly about a little one’s reaction to seeing mom screaming, bleeding, and having her vagina ripped open. I fear for his psyche.