Re: VENT: So, who took care of your toddler when . . .
I've considered hiring a doula primarily to be with dd, but that's because I want her to be there either for the birth or immediately after, depending on her comfort level. The on-call babysitter is a great idea too. A couple of my friends have said they'd watch dd, but they all have their own families too. If you don't have family around that you trust, it is hard. If it's during the day, I'm sure a friend would be happy to do it, but of course you never know. Good luck!
Mama to Ada, 7-23-09 and Sylvia, 11-27-13