Siblings attending Homebirths

I am often asked whether or not young children should attend the home births of their siblings, and if so, what kind of preparation should be done to support them? While I think preparation can be good if you feel your child is of an age and comprehension stage to benefit from it, it really highlights how far we have removed birth from our everyday lives. I’m not suggesting we refrain from preparing but I think we owe ourselves, and our children, some time to think about why we feel it’s necessary. To me, it underscores how birth is no longer just a part of the lifecycle for most of us.