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Say What?! Parents-to-Be Planning A Dolphin-Assisted Birth In Hawaii

PUBLISHED ON 05/29/2013

Is this a real thing or is this a real thing? Mama-to-be Heather Barrington plans to have a dolphin-assisted birth in the ocean off he shores of Pahoa, Hawaii. The expectant mom and her husband, Adam Barrington, are in Hawaii awaiting their baby's arrival as well as prepping for the dolphin-assisted delivery with Star Newland , founder of  The Sirius Institute — an institute "dedicated to the creation of human and dolphin co-creative habitats where dolphins and people can learn from each other through music, underwater birth, dolphin sound healing and restoration."

Both Heather and Adam are spending time in the water with the dolphins, hoping to form a connection with a dolphin pod, which they're hoping will bond with them as well as their newborn. The couple was first inspired to deliver via water (and dolphin!) by the book "The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life", written by Drunvalo Melchizedek. As Heather explained to the Charlotte Observer, "It is about reconnecting as humans with the dolphins so we can coexist in this world together and learn from each other." So from now up until baby's arrival, both Adam and Heather will spend time during their prenatal and postnatal swims with the dolphins, forging the bond. And as The Sirius Institute states, the benefits of dolphin-assisted deliveries are relatively endless. On their site, the institute says that, "Children born in the water with the dolphins develop 6 months faster over their first six months of life, have perhaps 150 grams more brain weight and are ambidextrous."

Adam and Heather are "all about living off the earth," daddy-to-be Adam says, so it's only natural for them to want to experience a natural, relaxing birth for mom and baby. They've done their research, too! Heather added that this type of birthing routine is "total relaxation for the mother. Dolphins are very intelligent and healing which in turns calms mother and baby for the whole process." However, the couple has also made alternative plans in case a water birth doesn't happen, Heather will be accompanied by a midwife on a family/community farm 35 miles away from their spot on the beach in Pahoa.

There are warnings that the couple are aware of, though. As Christie Wilcox at Discover Magazine noted, "Not only do dolphins kill other animals, they kill baby dolphins using the same brutal tactics. No matter how cute they might appear, dolphins are not cuddly companions; they are real, large, ocean predators with a track record for violence — even when it comes to humans."

Regardless, the couple plans to go ahead with their dolphin-assisted delivery.

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