we're expecting our second child and -- as with number one -- we're planning on staying at home for child labour and birth. I have a good midwife and there's no medical reason to go to a hospital.
There's another issue though that we need to tackle: Our first child. Is there someone here who has experience with giving birth at home while there's already another child (will be about 22 months old then) in the household?
I read "What can help prepare a 15 month old for the birth of a sibling?", but that's about the time before and after giving birth, not during...
Close family lives 3 to 8 hours away (depending on whom we're talking about...), so "go to granny" is not an option for a quick birth.
Thanks for all suggestions, ideas and sharings of own experiences!
EDIT to answer the comments: I was in search also for ideas on how to explain the kid that I will give birth and that during this time, I will be too occupied to care much for him. I'm hoping not to have him in the same room with me, but as you said -- babies have their own schedule, so if it comes to the toddler being in the room with me, I'd also like to hear suggestions on how to handle that.
The ideas about incorporating the midwives sounds good (as long as they agree to it), because they can also explain what#s going on -- and they have experience in caring about people who are around (normally husbands, but well, also maybe kids).