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Should children witness childbirth?

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Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-yr old gi rl, to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby.
Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born.
The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-yr old what she thought about what she had just witnessed.

Kathleen quickly responded, "He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place......smack his butt again!"
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I have friends who let their kids watch. I am a very private person and the one time we had a midwife she waited in the other room in case we needed her. I am a quiet birther anyway, but I don't think I could relax and focus if the kids were there - I would be worrying about what they were thinking, etc. I like it best when it's just dh and I.
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