The birth of a new baby is such a joyous occasion, but often, parents are concerned about the older siblings’ adjustment. I’d love to do more than just ease anxieties that a new baby can bring. My aim is for children to be prepared for the days and months to come, from the last weeks of pregnancy to those first weeks with a newborn in the house. I believe that the more children understand and get involved and discover their own identity as an awesome older sibling, the more that everyone in the house will benefit. Let’s celebrate the birth, and the awesome new adventure you will be taking as a family!
One way to prepare a child for the arrival of a sibling is through meeting babies and other older siblings. Actually meeting a baby is probably one of the best things for your child. Seeing what they look like, hearing the noises they make, watching them eat, it will all be new! Siblings and moms can make new friends who are at a similar stage in life. Similarly, once the baby is here, it is great for the older children to be able to proudly show off their new baby to peers. While they play, they will have access to baby dolls and books about babies. Just stop in when you can and meet some other expanding families!
Wednesday, August 23 10:00-11:00
Friday, September 8 10:00-11:00
Held at the Kings Park public library meeting room
Children ages one to six will learn about pregnancy, birth, and life with a newborn. Age-appropriate and infused with excitement, children will learn about the physiology of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Children will leave the course with increased confidence in their new role.
I have a special passion for preparing children to attend a sibling’s birth, so if this is part of your birth plan, I would love to assist you in any way possible. But I want to ease the transition for your child no matter your plans for birth or feeding. Please get in touch!
Clients and prospective clients, find the questionnaire here.
When the big day arrives, I would be honored to support your child as a sibling doula. As a trained birth doula, I am sensitive to the birthing mother’s needs; but in this role, I would be making the birth day a special day for the older siblings. I can involve them in as much or as little of the birthing process as you’d like. I’m happy to provide childcare with the celebration in mind. We can bake birthday cupcakes, cook a nourishing meal for the birth team, make cards for their new baby, or celebrate and participate in whatever way you see fit.
At this time, I am only accepting out-of-hospital birth clients.
Hi, I’m Olivia Hinebaugh. I’m a mother of three and a writer. I write fiction for children, as well as parenting articles about birth, breastfeeding, and all things sibling preparation! I feel called toward birth work and am a trained birth doula. (More about my other work on my personal site.) Before having my own children, I was a Montessori preschool teacher for children aged 18 months to three years old. I love teaching children new things!
My proudest moments have been my three births. Not only were they great experiences for me, but they were for my family as well. My children were brought into the world in loving, peaceful, and joyous occasions. And one of the best parts of that was that my other children were included in the births of their siblings.