Couple Makes Splash with Dolphin-Assisted Birth

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Swimming with the dolphins is one thing, but giving birth with them?! A “tree hugging” couple from North Carolina has traveled to Hawaii to not only have a water birth; but to have birth in the middle of the ocean with the company of dolphins.

Adam Barrington, 29, and his pregnant wife Heather, 27, told the Charlotte Observer that the dolphin-assisted birth will bring ‘peace, comfort and strength’ to the mother and her baby during birth.

Oh and they want your help in funding their dolphin birth. They’ve even set up a Facebook page asking for donations. How far out can you be?!
This has to be one of the stupidest birthing plans I have ever heard of. And experts tend to agree. Christie Wilcox tells Discover, “This has to be, hands down, one of the worst natural birthing ideas anyone has ever had.”

She cites research showing 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.’

She also points to a number of YouTube videos showing dolphins roughhousing with humans.

“Is this an animal you want to have at your side when you’re completely vulnerable?” she asks.

The bigger question is, are these the type of people you want having a child. After all, they have no specific plans for where they’ll live after the baby is born. Two words…grow up!

And that’s today’s helping of the Online Dish with Maggie.


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