You can invite anyone you like to your homebirth. There will be people who will be anxious to attend when told that you are planning a home birth. Do not feel obligated towards such people unless your reason for having them is that you need their love and support. Birth is not a party time! Do not feel that you are being selfish with your birth experience as you need to direct all of your energy inward. Try to have there with you only your most positive, supportive friends or relatives. I will bring at least two other assistants with me, or you can hire a Houston doula to help you with your birth. In general, children do beautifully at the actual birth, but have some difficulty coping with the labor, which makes them feel anxious. It is important that when children are involved that there is an adult whom they like and trust to supervise them who will answer their questions and be able to alleviate their fears.
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