Mommy Dearest,

My younger sister recently asked if I would like to attend her first baby's delivery next month. While I appreciate the invitation and can't wait to meet my nephew, I don't think I can actually stomach watching him be born because I'm squeamish around blood. I do not have any kids of my own, but plan to have some someday. How do I explain this to her without seeming ungrateful or hurting her feelings?

— Don't Want to Attend Delivery

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Don't Want to Attend Delivery,

Honesty is your best bet. Tell her that you appreciate the offer and would love to be at the hospital when she goes into labor, but don't think you can handle watching everything that occurs during the birth. She will understand — if not now, when the actual process is underway. I have had two children and couldn't bear to look in the mirror that nurses offered. I think many women sympathize with your feelings.

— Mommy Dearest

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