A hospital has defended itself after it allowed a woman to have her pet dog present at the birth of her child. The dog was there for the duration of the labour at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol.
The hospital said the woman was able to bring the dog into the delivery suite because he's a certified therapy dog who regularly visits patients.
A hospital has come under fire after allowing a pregnant woman’s dog to watch her give birth. The family pet - called Barney - was allowed into the delivery room at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol as a calming presence.
The pregnant woman, who had no underlying medical conditions, asked for the animal to help with the birth.
Barney - believed to be a labrador - stayed for the birth along with the woman’s partner and a midwife before the family left with their newborn child.
Hospital bosses informed all staff about the decision in advance, and said the unusual step was taken as Barney is a working "therapy dog" who regularly visits patients on wards.
But there was some concern from staff about hygiene. One said: "Like it or not, dogs are dirty animals."