When I was planning my most recent birth (fifth baby, third homebirth) this book was life changing for me and my family.. my four daughters and I read it daily leading up to our homebirth and I could tell they felt empowered and informed thanks to this book. Not only did it enhance our collective/family CONNECTION to our pending birth experience, but I love how it normalised birth and opened up conversation about things like bleeding in birth, the placenta, and breastfeeding.
I think this book is beautiful not just for children of pregnant women or homebirthing families, but for any child in general.. it is a beautiful way to expose children to birth and open up space for conversation. I believe this book would also make an amazing resource or gift for midwives.
"Welcome Home is a Children's Book designed to educate and prepare children for pregnancy, labour, birth and the first postpartum moments. It takes the reader, on a journey of discovery from pregnancy, to midwifery care and preparation for a home birth. As you flip through these brightly coloured pages you will be greeted with ways to prepare for all the natural occurrences in labour and delivery. Which include noises Mama could make, different positions Mama needs to move into to get baby into the right position to be born, a baby crowning, details of blood loss, placenta and breastfeeding. This book was designed as a conversation starter for you and your family, a chance to prepare for a home birth, to instil that birth is a beautiful natural occurrence and something that needs not to be feared."