Others at your baby's birth

Others at your baby's birth

If you wish to have your children at the birth, talk with your health care provider. With good planning, having children present can be a positive experience. They will need to be supported by a trusted family member or friend whose only job is to care for them. Children will be able to attend if they are not sick with cold, flu or other infection.

You and your partner need to be free to concentrate on giving birth. You will want to know that someone else is there to reassure your children and see to their needs.

Visitors may be asked to wait in a family or visitors' lounge for the confidentiality of all patients. Every situation is different. Your doctor or nurse will give your visitors direction.

Related resources

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, eighth edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/06/2021