Yesterday we set the whelping box up in our office and I started collecting the items needed for the big day, or I should say the big night since I’m sure we’ll be whelping late at night. I put in some bath mats and blankets that River’s slept on previously and thus have her scent on so the box will smell like her. This morning I put River in the box, while I checked some email and she relaxed and took a short nap. I’ll do this several times a day over the next 2 weeks in the hope that she’ll be more comfortable whelping there. As we get closer, I’ll remove the blankets and place a shower curtain down with whelping pads on top to make clean up easier. I’ll also put an ex-pen around the sides and back so I can drape a sheet over top for that den-like feel.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I was a registered nurse (Intensive Care). Despite having never wanted children, one of my favorite nursing courses was the obstetrical class and I enjoyed it because I’d never seen babies born and we were working with healthy women for the most part. I remember my instructor asking me if witnessing child-birth stirred the maternal instincts in me and I firmly replied “Nope.” Here’s hoping that River’s maternal instincts are intact and that my mid-wife skills serve me well.
Some friends (thanks Caye & Jan) loaned me some whelping books which I’ve read cover-to-cover, twice:
The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies: A Complete and Practical Guide by Muriel Lee
Canine Reproduction and Whelping: A Dog Breeders’ Guide by Myra Savant-Harris RN
Puppy Intensive Care: A Breeder’s Guide to Care of Newborn Puppies by Myra Savant-Harris RN
I think we are as ready as we can be.