One of my sisters the eldest one had all her children through home delivery. The midwife was a neighbour an old lady who was a professional of sorts. We as kids - yes I was only 8 years old when my sister delivered her first child - were told to stay out. But did we? We waited near the closed door and I think we did the right thing as we were able hear the cry of the baby - the baby's first cry We were in ecstasy!! .