The Bottom Line
- Simple, engaging photos.
- Explicit descriptions that are easy to understand.
- One image is worrisome to some children.
- The tale of a homebirth including prenatal care.
- Discusses everything mothers do in labor, down to the noises.
- Shows baby breastfeeding.
Guide Review - We're Having a Homebirth! - A Children's book by Kelly Mochel
My kids laughed, giggled and agreed that sometimes mommies are naked when babies are born. They also make noises much like the mommy in the story. I liked that mom labored in a variety of positions, with support, with clothes, alone and without clothes. It was a nice combinations, surely to have an image for everyone.
This book was really intriguing to me. My children have all attended homebirths, so I allowed them to read it and explore it to see their thoughts. They loved the drawings, with one exception, where the cord is being cut, the scissors are pointed towards the mother and baby, it's simply how the page is set up. This was not enough for them to dislike to book. The all wanted to take it to school for show and tell.
It is best suited for kids 3-8 in my experience. You can add or subtract details as you'd like or as they fit your situation. So it's perfect for your family or your waiting room lending library if you are a doctor, midwife, childbirth educator or doula.