A woman has won the right to have her service dog accompany her to the hospital.
Charlotte Baird and boyfriend Ash Phoenix welcomed their first child to Poole Hospital in Dorset, South West England, on December 4th. Another family member was there to greet baby Alfie, their dog Flump.
In fact, the Maltese Bichon has been there since his lover was hospitalized. He stayed by her side for the entire 50 hours of labor and only left her during the caesarean section, according to the Daily Mail.
Flump was Charlotte Baird’s service dog for 2 years. She adopted him when he was 10 weeks old on the advice of a doctor. Since then, they have been inseparable.
The 24-year-old woman does suffer from heart problems, but primarily from psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
These episodes are similar to, but not caused by, epileptic seizures. Previously, Charlotte Baird had three miscarriages due to health problems.
She was afraid of the impact of her problems on pregnancy and childbirth, but Flump was there to comfort her throughout the process.
The quadruped has been specially trained to warn him of seizures, which he can very well notice before they occur.
Thus, Charlotte Baird became the first British woman to give birth in a hospital in the presence of her helper dog. He has benefited so much from this experience that he would like hospitals to open their doors more to these specialized dogs and thus benefit the patients accompanying them.