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March 16th, 2010, 02:53 PM
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I know we've talked about this in the past, but with some new members recently.. I thought I could ask again. What are your plans with your pets during the labor and birth? Will they be present? Do you anticipate any problems? How about for our BTDT mamas, any suggestions or advice?
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March 16th, 2010, 03:26 PM
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I have a St. Bernard and I plan to have him around while I'm in labor. I don't know about the same room while I'm giving birth though. He's very affectionate and wants constant attention so I think he'd just get in the way during the actual birth.
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March 16th, 2010, 05:11 PM
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We have 2 dogs and they'll both be outside the room, if not outside the house, for the birth. DH's dog is way too high strung to be around me, he has been irritating me ever since I got pg anyway. My dog is usually super mellow but she is very in tune with me since I've had her so long. I know she will end up whining and pacing outside the room until she knows I'm okay.
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March 16th, 2010, 05:34 PM
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When I had Lexy, I had 2 cats. They stayed.....they were totally fine. My Siamese was actually very clingy to me as I went through labour. He would just sit on my bed and purr and watch me very intently, it was really cute. My black cat could care less. When Lexy was 3 months, my Siamese became VERY jealous of her and started yowling at 3am every night. Lexy was a super light sleeper, and every night I was up chasing him around trying to get him to stop (and I was up twice with Lexy as well!)....so I ended up giving him away to a really nice girl who I keep in contact with. We still have our black cat, he is AMAZING with the baby, so he will be here for sure for the birth of our next baby.
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March 16th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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hm, I hadn't thought about this! I guess we will see how he does. If he gets too annoying then we will probably put his kennel on the third floor. He's been really weird with company lately, so I wonder how he would react to the midwife. I guess I should leave him out of his kennel when she does the home visits, so we can see

I forgot to mention. "He" is our three year old hyper active yorkie
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March 17th, 2010, 06:17 AM
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Our dog usually hangs out in the master bedroom closet. She likes to be close while I am laboring but I don't like her right in my face so it's a good compromise for both of us. The cats don't usually come out from their favored hiding spots until everyone goes home.
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March 17th, 2010, 07:53 AM
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Our dog is not friendly to strangers coming into our house. So she got staked in the backyard.
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March 17th, 2010, 09:46 AM
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Never would have thought of this!

The cat is pretty laid back, we probably wouldn't see him. The dog is attached to me. If I am taking a shower she lays outside the door. But she loves people so I can't imagine not having her out and about if I do go with a home birth.
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March 17th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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We have 2 little dogs and they prefer to sleep in my closet and hang out there. We'll probably just close the closet door and see how they do. If they whine/bark then we'll put them out into a different room.
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March 17th, 2010, 11:42 AM
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I am actually doing a homebirth specifically so that my two little dachshunds can be there. The way I figure it, it's the only way they'll figure out where the bald, tail-less wiener dog has come from!

People have even joked about getting them little doggie life-vests so they can catch the baby! lol
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