Fury as maternity ward allows pregnant woman to bring her dog to watch two-hour birth

Fury as maternity ward allows pregnant woman to bring her dog to watch two-hour birthSt Michael's Hospital in Bristol said the dog had a 'calming presence'But a hospital source said staff are worried a precedent has been setThe hospital insists a thorough cleaning was carried out after the birthThe labrador – Barney – is a certified 'therapy dog' By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 02:48 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:50 GMT, 25 January 2013 A hospital allowed a pregnant woman to take her pet dog into a maternity ward so it could watch her give birth. Managers justified the extraordinary action by saying that the dog – who is called Barney and is believed to be a Labrador – had a ‘calming presence’.