Runa’s Birth: The Day My Sister Was Born


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A child’s book written by two German parents and translated into several languages aims to help children prepare for the upcoming birth of a sibling without scaring them. Runa’s Birth is the story of the day Lisa’s baby sister Runa is born.

The story covers her mother’s labour, the arrival of the midwife and the birth of Runa, at which Lisa and her father are present. Four-year-old Lisa even helps to cut the baby’s umbilical cord. After the baby is born, the family celebrate together. Before Lisa goes to sleep, she says: “And tomorrow I will make a pretend umbilical cord and then I play birth with (my friend) Fabio.”