Yet another couple is making headlines for their plan to give birth using the Pacific Ocean as their birthing pool and dolphins for midwives. “This has to be, hands down, one of the worst natural birthing ideas anyone has ever had,” Christie Wilcox, who has her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Hawaii, wrote for Discover. “Let’s get real for a minute here. Dolphins don’t eat sunshine and fart roses. They’re wild animals, and they are known to do some pretty terrible things.”
And yet, this warning did not deter Dorina Rosin and her husband Maika Suneagle, who live on the big island in Hawaii and run a spiritual healing center there. At 38 weeks, they took part in a dolphin blessing ceremony. The couple posted their video on YouTube, showing Dorina swimming, pregnant belly exposed, alongside the dolphins. The dolphins seemed unsuited to their role as potential midwives since they appear largely uninterested in the pregnant woman swimming with them.
As it happened, Mother Nature had other plans for Dorina’s birth. According to the British documentary Extraordinary Births, which was to include the couple’s dolphin-assisted plan, Dorina went into labor at night and had to settle for a much safer natural birth on land. She did report being able to feel the dolphins sending “positive energy” her way, however. There’s no news as yet whether their child can “speak dolphin” as the couple had hoped.
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