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Dolphins as Doulas for a Waterbirth?

on Jan 17, 2014

by Dr. Christine Lee, MD

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Dolphins as Doulas for a Waterbirth?

There is one thing that is definitely not in short supply, and that is crazy ideas about where/when/how to give birth. Just when you think you've heard it all, along comes a story like the one we are about to tell you.

A birth story like no other

There is one thing that is definitely not in short supply, and that is crazy ideas about where/when/how to give birth. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes a story like the one we are about to tell you about, and shows you that you really ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Don’t believe us? Keep reading and prepare to be shocked. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

They’re doing WHAT?

A 27 year old North Carolina woman, Heather Barrington, and her husband Adam are traveling from their home all the way across the country to Pahoa, Hawaii. That’s over 4500 miles. So, why are they taking this huge trip? Not a vacation, not a honeymoon, not an adventurous trip around the world. The Barringtons are traveling to Hawaii so that Heather can give birth. A water birth, to be exact. In the ocean. With dolphins.

Inspired by a book

Yes, you read that right. Not satisfied with just any plain old water birth, Heather Barrington decided she wanted the “deluxe” water birth treatment. You know, the kind in the ocean, surrounded by “doula dolphins”. Heather and Adam said that they got the idea after reading the book The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek. The couple has no qualms about the idea, and they are convinced that it’s going to be the best experience ever.

“It’s total relaxation for the mother,” Adam told the Charlotte Observer. “Dolphins are very intelligent and healing, which in turn calms mother and baby for the whole process,” added Heather.

How it works

It’s not as easy as hopping on a plane and jumping in the water once the contractions start. This whole plan has taken months to execute. The couple flew to Hawaii months before Heather’s due date to meet with a team from the Sirius Institute, which handles these types of births. (Yes, there is a place that handles these types of births!). The plan has been for Heather to befriend and bond with a certain group of dolphins over the next few months, so that when the time for the baby comes, the dolphins will be comfortable enough with Heather to “help” her baby be born. The Siruis Institute claims that the dolphins will help massage Heather’s body during labor and will also “escort the newborn baby to the surface for its first breath”.

The experts say

The Sirius Institute, who claim to be the experts on dolphin assisted births, say that dolphins are naturally curious about pregnant women, and this is usually the reason that pregnant women are excluded from “swim with the dolphin” programs, since the dolphins would only pay attention to the pregnant women. However, in 2008, Penn and Teller actually did an interview with the Sirius Institute and found that not a single woman had actually went through with a dolphin assisted birth at that time. What do you think about this idea? Something you would like to try, or absolutely crazy?

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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).

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