How one chooses to have their baby is a very personal decision. For me, I wanted to be in a hospital with only my husband with me. For others, they prefer a home birth while surrounded by family and friends, or a hospital birth surrounded by family and friends, or a private home birth. The combinations really are endless, but it really should be up to the couple having the baby to decide what they want.
One California woman decided she wanted her 3-year-old daughter to help her deliver her own baby sister and insists that having her daughter present when delivered her baby gave the sisters a ‘sacred’ bond.