According to Outside Magazine’s Scott Rosenfield, a North Carolina couple has traveled to Hawaii to complete a dolphin assisted-birth of their baby, Bodhi, due in July. Despite the lack of science supporting the unusual birthing method, Adam and Heather Barrington hope that a series of prenatal and postnatal swims with dolphins will relax the birthing process.
“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,” Heather told the Charlotte Observer.
The Barringtons are working with the Sirius Institute, a center “dedicated to the creation of human/dolphin co-creative habitats where dolphins and people can learn from each other through music, underwater birth, dolphin sound healing and restoration.”
Experts have cautioned that dolphins can become aggressive and are unpredictible animals.”This has to be, hands down, one of the worst natural birthing ideas anyone has ever had,” wrote a blogger for Discover. The author cites research that dolphins will “toss, beat, and kill small porpoises or baby sharks for no apparent reason other than they enjoy it, though some have suggested the poor porpoises serve as practice for killing the infants of rival males.”