Should a Toddler Be Present for a Birth?

Playing Toddler Helps Deliver Baby Brother?

Is it a good idea to have a toddler present during a birth?

The Doctors discuss how one family involved their 3-year-old daughter in the birth of her sibling. The family had a home birth and their daughter helped with the delivery, holding the head as the baby crowned and also holding the baby for skin-to-skin contact.

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The family, who posted about the experience on social media, received praise and also some critics saying they felt the toddler was too young to be at the birth.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says he likes the concept, while OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says she would not want a 3-year-old to "assist" in a birth. She does explain that she encourages families who want their kids present at their sibling's birth to include them, but notes she would prefer for the child to be stationed up near the mother's head.

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Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho questions if a toddler is developmentally mature enough to be part of a birth, especially if something were to go wrong.

The Doctors note that the family says they prepared their toddler for the birth, including with videos.