Mary Brett Daniels (Ph.D., Cornell University) is the Child Development Specialist and Research Coordinator at Booth Maternity Center, Philadelphia, PA. Her professional experience is in research, teaching, and consulting. Other publications include: “Teen Clinic: Curriculum and Findings of the Prenatal Program for Teen Parents at Booth Maternity Center” (with Diane Manning), American Journal of Nursing, January 1983; “Creating Support Systems for New Parents: The Booth Buddy Experience” (with Cathie Harvey), Booth Maternity Center, 1982; and “A Team Approach to Teaching a Developmental Point of View” (with Lila Finck), Child Care Quarterly, 1976.
THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE FOR THE SIBLING: Description and Evaluation of a Program
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1983 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 15–22, September-October 1983
How to Cite
Daniels, M. B. (1983), THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE FOR THE SIBLING: Description and Evaluation of a Program. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 28: 15–22. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(83)90133-7
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
Based on lengthy quotations from the children themselves, this article explores how they felt and what was learned from being witnesses to birth. Their advice to peers—often eloquent and protective—is quoted. Thirty-five children, age 2 1/2 to 15, were interviewed using both tape recorder and play techniques. The question of sibling bonding is considered; the critical importance of a sensitive support person for the child and of adequate preparation for the entire family is emphasized.
The research was developed at Booth Maternity Center, Philadelphia, in conjunction with the sibling program there. Begun in 1980, the program now includes a preparation sequence, formal requirements, and written guidelines.