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Many parents-to-be choose to go the natural route with their pregnancies rather than checking into a hospital, but one couple is taking things quite a leap further, opting to use dolphins in the place of a midwife. Adam and Heather Barrington, who are expecting a child in July, have flown to Hawaii to learn about how to have a dolphin-assisted birth at the Sirius Institute, which they heard about on the trusty internet. We’ve heard of underwater births, but delivering a baby at sea in the midst of dolphins is quite another story!

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The North Carolina couple read up on dolphin-assisted births on the website of the Sirius Institute, a spacey webpage 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.” Once in Hawaii, the couple imagines a dolphin-assisted birth in the ocean, with dolphins acting as midwives while Heather gives birth amidst the waves.

Not only do the Barringtons plan on trading midwives for dolphins, but they’ve also decided to go “supernatural”– meaning Heather and the baby don’t plan to see a doctor until they arrive in Hawaii. Sure, dolphins are cute and friendly in captivity, and they have even been known to be friendly in the wild, but they also have a mean streak. In their wild, natural habitat, dolphins can be aggressive, violent or even kill their rivals, not to mention rape female dolphins.

The ridiculousness of dolphin-assisted birth aside, ignoring prenatal care, whether traditional or natural, shouldn’t be taken lightly.

via Beta Beat

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