My plan was to only have my husband and myself in the room during the actual delivery. Mothers, fathers, and any other family was to wait outside, I had a birth plan printed out. By the time I got to my last 3cm, I didn't care. I was ready to see my baby and in pain (proud to say I went nautrally!) and decided to let both my mother and mother-in-law stay in the room. I will be doing the same for our baby due in May :-) It was very special!
I was present at the birth of my little sister 18 years ago and it was a beautiful experience I never forgot. I actually cut her umbilical cord! I highly recommend involving your other children in the birth if possible, it really creates a very special bond and gives the previous child also a sense of caring responsibility for their new sibling.
My husband & I decided to keep it simple: just us & our midwives. But my mom & our 19 month old son played downstairs while I had our baby upstairs in our home. As soon as she arrived, I asked that they come in so they were both there within a minute or so and we all got to find out she was a girl together. My favorite part was seeing my little boy take in the whole scene with his wide eyes and say, in total amazement (and maybe a little confusion!), "Baby!". I am so glad we were all together to share this moment.
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