"I'd really like to birth at home... but I just don't know about how my dog will react to it."
Here is a photo from my home birth with my 4th daughter Charlie. When I was in on again/off again labor for a week (prodromal labor), there where many times that I just wanted to lay in bed with my dog Marvin (he's the best to snuggle). When labor finally came, he stayed right by my side. Animals are so instinctual. From my experience, they seem to understand labor (probably pick up on the hormones), and they act calm and supportive.
Here, you see Marvin crashed out on my bed shortly after Charlies birth. They are now the best of friends.
As midwives we encourage you to birth where and how you feel most comfortable. As a first time homebirth, you may not know what feels the most comfortable. We ask you to think about what brings you the most comfort now, and make sure to have that become part of your birth wishes.
- If your dog is like family, treat him like family when it comes to birth
- If your dog brings you comfort, keep him around
- Let him greet your baby on his own terms
- Try not to make drastic changes when the baby comes home
- Set alarms to remember to feed your dog
- Get a dedicated dog walker