Hospital That Let Dog Watch Woman Give Birth in Delivery Room Is On to Something

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I'm not Barney ... thank goodness.I'm totally loving this idea. A woman in Bristol, England was allowed to bring her therapy dog into the hospital with her -- who then stayed by her side as she gave birth. The dog, a Labrador named Barney, was allowed inside the room where the unnamed woman gave birth to a baby. Barney is a certified therapy dog and the woman got permission from higher-ups at the hospital. But some cranky non-pet-loving types are complaining about it, natch. Way to ruin everyone's fun.

Reportedly, the faithful pooch stood by and slobbered over observed the entire two-hour birth. The woman said she needed the dog there to calm her anxiety.

Hospital bosses said that permission was granted by infection control experts and that a thorough cleaning was done after the birth. But some people -- probably poor, lonely, petless people -- do not approve. Sources told The Sun:

Nurses and doctors were appalled ... This is the first time any of the hospital’s staff can remember such a thing happening. They’re now worried that other women will be allowed to do the same because a precedent has been set.

Oh well, boo hoo. The world would be a better place if dogs were allowed everywhere. Let 'em inside the cockpit of planes, I say. How about standing by during open heart surgery? Why not? I'm not a big dog person -- cats are my thing -- but you can't tell me dogs are any more or less germy than people. Do they eat their poop? So I've heard. But people put their noses in some strange places too.

I think this idea should be expanded. What about a delivery ward at the Humane Society? You could pick out a new pet while dealing with those pesky contractions. How about special birthing packages that allow you to push out your lil 'un in the monkey exhibit at the zoo?

There are all kinds of ideas here. I think Animal Planet needs to get on this.

Do you think a dog should be allowed in a birthing ward?

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Flori... Floridamom96

I'm sorry, manderspanders. I did not mean to offend you. I will try to be more careful in my wording in the future. I didn't mean to imply that I have all the answers.

Coles... Coles_mom

I don't agree with this, but for a personal reason. I'm an ob/gyn nurse and absolutely hate dogs. I don't want anywhere near me. I have a very deep-seeded fear of dogs and wouldn't be able to go near a patient's room if a dog were on there- especially a big dog.

Fondue Fondue

Floridamom, you said nothing wrong.  You even stated that hospitals should handle certain cases.  Manders just likes to fly off the handle at things sometimes.  It's what she does. 

Flori... Floridamom96

Thank you, Fondue. Although my opinions can often be controversial, I do try not to be offensive.

jkp-buff jkp-buff

Coles_mom, what would you do if you had a blind patient with a seeing eye dog? I'm not trying to give you a hard time, just genuinely curious. The courts have already ruled that you have to accommodate service dogs and that fears or allergies are no excuse. Taxi drivers with dog phobias have been fired for not picking up blind customers with guide dogs. Conceivably you could have an ob/gyn patient with a service dog (which has stricter rules than just therapy dogs). There are ways of getting over phobias. I used to be terribly afraid of heights, but got over it with hypnosis and now it doesn't bother me at all.

nonmember avatar Kaylee

jkp-buff, I'm not in a position where it would matter but honestly I'd have to go to court. My animal allergies are severe enough that my eyes swell shut, I can barely breathe, and I start sneezing non-stop (and I sneeze hard, as in back-injury causing). I'm completely useless when I'm having an allergic reaction.

jkp-buff jkp-buff

It's already been to court previously, and the court set the precedence that the ADA covers their disability and need for a service dog, which supercedes your allergy. I'm not saying that's fair for people with allergies or phobias, but at the same time someone who needs a service dog needs to bring the dog everywhere they go, including possibly in the same coffee shop or dr's office or clothing store you happen to be in or as a customer where you happen to work.

Crystal Saling

I am a professional dog trainer who has trained several service and therapy dog teams and I and my dog are a Pet Partners registered therapy team. I was even given the choice to bring Penny to the birthing center where I birthed my daughter and you know what? I said unequivocally- NO! Dogs are not licensed to be therapy dogs, certain organizations register therapy dog teams- that is, the handler and the dog are tested as a team. I am my therapy dog's handler, but I was also the patient. YAYABA (you are your animal's best advocate) is the first rule of therapy work. How could I have been advocating for my dog when I was in the throughs of labor? Who would have noticed her little stress signals and given her breaks when she needed them? The only way this would be acceptable is if the handler of the dog was somebody not involved with the labor but allowed to be present during labor. If this dog was indeed part of a registered therapy team, then shame on it's handler for not putting YAYABA first. She should have known better.

jessi... jessicasmom1

YAY ... I love the idea 

Laura White

There isn"t anything wrong with this , The Dog will love the baby , at least these people arent throwing the poor dog in a shelter cause a baby is comeing .. so many people do .. thats just stupid and ignorant, there being Responsible pet owners like we all should be !!!

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