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Incorporating the Human-Animal Bond Into Midwifery and How Not to Get Bitten

  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

Homebirths involve every family member the birthing person would like to have present. Pets are considered a member of the family and midwives need to know how to safely work with and around them. This presentation discusses how to use the relationship between the family and the pet during labor, recognize when the pet is becoming stressed by the events of labor, and develop strategies to reduce the risk of being bitten. This presentation looks at the newest research on The Human Animal Bond, The Ladder of Aggression, what we have discovered about oxytocin, mental health, and pet ownership during the Covid pandemic. Anyone who works around pets during a homebirth will benefit from an understanding of the signs of stress in dogs and will reduce their chances of being bitten while in the home.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the importance of the Human-Animal Bond.

2. Describe how to recognize the “Ladder of Aggression”.

3. List strategies to limit the animal bite risk to the birthing team during a home visit and birth while utilizing the Human-Animal Bond.

Categories: Homebirth,