My son was born while we were living aboard
, though we had rented a dock
space nearish a hospital in anticipation. So, it wasn't really any different for us than being in a house on land, other than figuring out how my large and pregnant wife could safely get back and forth off the boat to the dock
. Of course once the baby was born we also had to be careful about where he slept so that he wouldn't end up on the floorboards. I built a set of flip-up sideboards for one of our berths so he could be battened right in, and we had a canvas
maker create some soft partitions for various parts
of the boat when he started to crawl--we didn't want him crawling out into the cockpit
As to the birth itself, I think everyone has to decide for themselves how much or how little medical
intervention or support they need. For our part, my wife wanted to do it in a hospital with attending staff just in case. In retrospect, we should have chosen a different hospital, but all went well. For our daughter's birth my wife was attended by a midwife, but in a hospital setting too.