Dolphin-Assisted Childbirth

Would You Let a Dolphin Be Your Midwife?

Let us start by saying — this is not a joke. Dolphin-assisted childbirth is something that people actually do with the help of the Pahoa, HI-based Sirius Institute. According to its website, Sirius is "dedicated to the creation of human/dolphin cocreative habitats where dolphins and people can learn from each other through music, underwater birth, dolphin sound healing, and restoration." The trend hit the news this week when The Charlotte Observer reported on Adam and Heather Barringer, a Charlotte couple who have settled in with Sirius's Star Newland in Hawaii to bond with a pod of dolphins in preparation for the July birth of their first child. "It is about reconnecting as humans with the dolphins so we can coexist in this world together and learn from one another," Heather told the Observer. "Having that connection with the pod of dolphins anytime — even if the birth doesn't happen in the water — still brings peace, comfort, and strength to the mother and baby during labor." According to the Sirius Institute, "Children born in the water with the dolphins develop six months faster over their first six months, have perhaps 150 grams more brain weight, and are ambidextrous." This sounds great, but some skeptics wonder how safe giving birth while surrounded by dolphins actually is. After all, these are wild animals with a track record for unpredictable violence. So what do you think? Is a dolphin-assisted birth something that you would ever consider?

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