They say it takes a village to raise a child—but to deliver one? Indeed, according to one British parenting site, the average number of friends and family present at today’s typical delivery is eight (the same number as attended the televised debut of Penelope Disick, daughter of reality star Kourtney Kardashian). Birth parties—or ‘crowd birthing,’ as those in-the-know refer to this trend—used to be the domain of the rich. But now many facilities are having to adapt to increased attendance, as mothers lose their self-consciousness and allow more and more onlookers into the delivery room. If you think ‘crowd-birthing’ is something that would be of interest to you, add that to your list of accommodations your looking for when choosing your delivery hospital. Do you think birth should occur in a sacred space reserved for a select few, or be more like a party to which everyone is invited? Sound off in the comments.