Pregnant Couple Prepares For ‘Dolphin-Assisted’ Birth

p125228-Cozumel-Our_dolphin_friendsIs amongst dolphins the best way for an infant to emerge into the world? I can see this going horribly wrong. Via Fox News:

A pregnant woman and her husband have traveled to Hawaii where they plan on having a “dolphin-assisted birth,” a water delivery among dolphins. Heather and Adam Barrington, of South Carolina, are preparing for the July arrival of their first child through a series of prenatal and postnatal swims with a pod of dolphins at The Sirius Institute in Pohoa, Hawaii.

The Sirius Institute describes itself as a “a research consortium with the purpose of ‘dolphinizing’ the planet.” They recently set up the Dolphin Attended, Water, Natural and Gentle Birth Center (DAWN), due to what they claim is an increasing demand on their web site for people looking to give birth near dolphins. The Sirius Institute claims that giving birth with dolphins is part of an ancient native Hawaiian practice.

While dolphin-assisted births are rare, dolphin assisted therapy (DAT) has been used for more than 25 years in patients with mental and physical disabilities and autism. However, scientists claim there is little scientific evidence indicating that DAT is therapeutically effective.

Experts point out that dolphins are predators and can become aggressive, though dolphin-related injuries among people are relatively rare.

7 Comments on "Pregnant Couple Prepares For ‘Dolphin-Assisted’ Birth"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jun 15, 2013 at 9:17 am |

    Pohoa, Hawaii
    I know most of your reading this haven’t been to Pahoa
    but if you had
    this story would be, ho hum

    but I’m willing to bet they do their podding on the Kona side

  2. Dolphins?! These people are putting their baby’s life in the flippers of the rapist of the seas?! I’d rather have a shark deliver my baby.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jun 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm |

    Why not have a wolf or coyote assisted birth? Maybe if you give them the placenta they won’t eat your baby.

  4. Its never too early to start endangering your children.

    Aside from the dolphins, it’s doubtful that the people running this have the expertise and ready access to emergency medical equipment to deal with a potential complication.

  5. Prolly your typical New Age couple with way more money than sense or good taste.
    “Like, wow, it’ll be totally cosmic if we have our baby delivered with dolphins.”
    What’s next, assisted suicide with kittens?

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