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I’m Gonna Get Me Some Kibbles n’ Bits And Placenta – Woman’s Dog Watches Her Give Birth

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shutterstock_95062984I love animals so much. I love them more than people. I love them more than cake. I love them and if I had my way and it wouldn’t result in me being featured on a very special episode of Animal Hoarders  I would have all the animals, including a shark in my swimming pool. But even though I love animals and I am always trying to figure out if my family is in a place where we can add another homeless pet to our brood, I just couldn’t enjoy doing what this lady in Bristol did during her labor, which was bring in a therapy dog to watch her give birth.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love programs that bring service dogs into hospitals to help patients and give them comfort, but brining in therapy dogs to help cancer patients is totally different than having one come in to watch you give birth. From The Daily Mail:

A hospital allowed a pregnant woman to take her pet dog into a maternity ward so it could watch her give birth.

Managers justified the extraordinary action by saying that Barney, who is believed to be a Labrador, was a certified ‘therapy dog’ and had a ‘calming presence’.

But the unusual presence on the labour ward in Bristol was criticised amid claims that no special cleaning took place after the two-hour birth.

Managers said Barney regularly visits wards to comfort patients in his role as a therapy dog.

But a source told the Sun: ‘Nurses and doctors were appalled but someone at the hospital had given the woman permission so the dog stayed on the labour ward.

‘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.’

It’s bad enough my cat Godzilla enjoys sitting on the edge of the tub and watching me take a bath, I can’t imagine having a dog present while I was in labor. Do people not realize that dogs spend a good 59% of their days licking their own asses? And I don’t care how well your therapy dog is behaved, any dog will eat a used tampon or maxi pad if he finds it in the garbage. And forget about sexy time, there is nothing creepier than having a dog watch you while you are deciding what color to paint your ceiling. Now, I know all of these things are different than giving birth but they still involve vaginas and it is my opinion that animals do not belong anywhere near vaginas.

I understand parents who want to prepare the family pet for the new addition of a baby in the house, but that usually entails letting the dog or cat familiarize themselves with the crib or the nursery. I think watching your newborn crown from between your legs is a bit much.

(Photo:  Eric Isselee/shutterstock)


  1. Victoria

    January 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I used to work as a nurse in a community health center with a psych division, and patients would bring tarantulas, lizards, and once a parrot, as well as non-trained ‘therapy dogs’ for their calming influence. They’d throw an ever-loving fit and threaten litigation if someone asked them not to. The doctors usually backed down, because otherwise the patients wouldn’t get seen, go off their meds, etc. *Still not worse than a dog in the delivery room!*
    PS~ This was exactly how I decided to paint my ceiling lime green.

  2. SusannahJoy

    January 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    It was a therapy dog, not just a pet… If having her therapy dog with her helped with pain management, and it wasn’t bothering anyone (and a person in another room thinking that’s gross does not count as bothering, I mean more like barking or running around) then what’s the problem? And there shouldn’t have to be any special cleaning, because the rooms should be thoroughly cleaned after every patient anyway. And yeah, I actually trained my dogs to not get into trash, they would never eat a used tampon or pad, at least, they wouldn’t as adults. Puppies occasionally would, but of course you can train a dog to be well behaved!

  3. Tea

    January 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I could understand a genuine personal psychiatric service dog, but a therapy dog, whos tasks are usually to give comfort to others, or an emotional support animal (which have no training for behaviors) would be reaching quite a bit for such a situation. Service dogs (Dogs specifically trained to do behaviors to benefit the owner that are not just things animals do naturally) are supposed to be with you everywhere at all times, that is their job, especially if you don’t have human support on hand. If it was well trained and behaved properly, I don’t see too much of an issue, but it is stretching things a bit.

  4. wmdkitty

    January 28, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Are we talking Service Animal, or just a pet? Because that makes all the difference.

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