Dogs Ease Anxiety for Pregnant Women

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Pregnancy can be a stressful enough experience on its own, so one can only imagine how lonely and frightening it is for women who are hospitalized on bed rest. Luckily, patients at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center are allowed visits from their four-legged furry children, according to KCNC-TV.

Jesi Roskop has been at St. Luke's for five weeks now. She is expecting her fourth child, and due to complications, she must be regularly monitored and bedridden. Her husband, Doug Roskop, stays at the hospital one night a week and brings the kids, including Milo the mini Daschund, on weekends.

"It makes it feel more like home, it's comforting, you know," said Jesi Roskop. "To me, this is one of my kids."

For anxious and worried patients, dogs are the perfect companions at the hospital. Dr. Angela Gray agrees. "We know that when the body is less stressed, there's less complications in general. And so if an animal can provide decreased stress and happiness, then that would be a bonus for our patients, and us."

Still, patients must get permission to bring their dogs in, and all pups must have recent vet checks and vaccinations. And just like at home, parents must clean up after their pets' messes.


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Dr. J

Very touching, but Mr. Photographer? Next time show Mommy's face!

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