PSYCHOLOGY

Mother Allowed 10-Year-Old Daughter To Be Present At The Labor Of Her Younger Sibling

Date February 4, 2019

The birth of a child is one of the key events in a family’s life. Recently, more and more of them are deciding on childbirth with the partner or home birth. No one is surprised anymore that a woman has a man beside her at such a crucial moment. However, what if a child would be present near the mother when she was giving life to other children?

Paulina Splechta is a talented photographer, specializing in filming childbirth. Her client, Catherine Cook, was preparing for the birth of her third child and wanted her eldest daughter, Kayla, 10, to witness it. Many would be surprised, but the girl happily agreed. Kayla spent every second of the labor next to her mother and was one of the first to hug baby Everly.

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Neither the parents, nor the staff, nor the photographer knew how the delivery would go because this process is unpredictable. Luckily, both mom and baby perfectly coped with their tasks. Catherine will probably forever remember not only the overwhelming feeling of joy but also Kayla’s enthusiastic face.

Having published some incredible photos of Everly's birth on her Instagram, Paulina admitted that she had thought about allowing her eldest daughter to be present at the birth of her younger sibling several years earlier.

The situation was different at the time, but thanks to the Cook family, she received a similar experience.

@bbrendaf19:

Gosh, this is SO BEAUTIFUL‼️ GREAT JOB capturing all those amazing emotions. ❤❤❤

@cesyogafit:

Wow. This is absolutely amazing. I haven’t seen a post like this. So real, love it.

@bai_mariee:

This made me cry!!

However, not everyone was so loyal, since the labor could have been a real shock for an adolescent girl.

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@germangirlinsf_berlin_:

Precious. Just wondering how she actually handled seeing her mom in pain.

Is the presence of an older child normal during the birth of a younger one? BabyCenter reported that opinions are divided among both parents and doctors. In general, it all comes down to the personal choice of each family. The main role in the decision-making is played, of course, by the child’s psychological readiness. However, some doctors believe that children under the age of 5 years are too young to attend childbirth.

Kidspot shared their opinion by the experience of Alexia Strain. At the birth of her fourth child, all three of her older kids were present. She believes that this is a “family event,” which is still worth being involved in. Of course, such decisions make parents carefully prepare their children for what they can witness. Practitioners of similar medical institutions also provide any necessary support.

The presence of a child at labor is a controversial issue, although families that have gone through such experience emphasize this wasn’t traumatic for their older children. The heroine of our story, Kayla, seemed radiant with happiness, hugging her little sister when it was all over. What do you think about this? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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