Siblings at Birth
We believe that the birth of a child is a normal life transition for a family and that all family members should be able to participate if they desire. This includes older siblings of just about any age. As a new sibling comes into the family there is much to be learned about pregnancy, birth, and parenting that the older child will absorb and integrate into his/her life philosophy. It couldn’t be any more beautiful or normal for an older child to witness his/her mother giving birth. This helps to create a bond that will last a lifetime.
Mariah Boone of Corpus Christi, Texas writes in La Leche League’s New Beginnings magazine about the “five Ps” for deciding whether to include an older sibling at birth. Preference, Personality, Permission, Preparation, and Protector.Click here to read this article.