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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Are Dogs the New Doula in the Delivery Room?

By February 2, 2013

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There has been quite a stir about a mom in England who requested, and was allowed, to bring her certified therapy dog with her to her birth. There are reports that the staff at the hospital were "appalled."

I have to raise an eyebrow at that - I mean, I'm not really concerned with how they felt about it. If the hospital cleared it, it's all good. Remove the word dog and fill in birth ball or rice sock. How does that feel now?

I'm not advocating that everyone bring a dog in, but if the hospital yes to her request and she wanted it - why are we being so judgey? I don't think dogs are the new doula.

Would you bring your dog? If you had a home birth and had your pets with you - how was that?



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February 20, 2013 at 2:58 am
(1) Squirrels says:

I would really, really like my dog to be with me. Unfortunately I have not had her certified as a therapy dog, so I don’t think I would have much of a leg to stand on if I asked the hospital. It’s actually the only reason I would consider having a home birth – to have my dog nearby.

It is a MAJOR comfort to have her around, and I think it could make all the difference when that time comes in May.

February 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(2) CAT says:

My dog helped me a great deal when i was in labour with my daughter. I wish I could have brought him with me to the hospital. Labour would have been less stressful and I know he would have been wonderful. We had to leave him home but we were gone for 3 days and he neither slept nor ate in that time. if he had been with me, I think he would have felt better knowing i was alright.

He decided he was the protector and best friend to my daughter as soon as we came home. In fact, we walked through the door and immediately put her car seat on the floor so he could meet her. His love for her was immediate and apparent right from the meeting. I think it is a wonderful idea having a beloved pet with you during labour.

February 28, 2013 at 12:59 am
(3) pregnancy says:

Thanks for sharing your story. As a doula, I’ve seen many families calmed by pets while still at home in early to active labor. I’ve often wondered what would happen if they could just stay together!

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