When I gave birth to my first child I had both my husband and my mother in the delivery room. But to be honest with you, I could have done with less company. My mother (bless her heart and for the record I truly do love her), was so nervous she kept on pacing back and forth and interrupting my rhythm whenever she would answer phone calls from relatives wanting updates on my progress. My husband on the other hand was as calm as the sea (or so I thought at the time) while trying to hide his emotions behind his manly exterior (just to later burst out in tears the moment our daughter was born).
Needless to say, the second time around I had less people in my audience. Because let’s face it, giving birth is not like a reality television show in which you want everyone’s input when it comes to you doing your job. You’ve got enough going in trying to push a little baby out of your body. Yet, these mothers say that they’ve not only welcomed additional people into their delivery rooms (or bathrooms for their home births), but have included their own children, too. This of course has us asking the question: would you allow your children to watch you give birth?
More children are witnessing the births of their younger siblings.