Birthing with Dolphins a Bad Idea


Expectant North Carolina parents Adam and Heather Barrington (who's due in July) have disclosed they'll accept underwater midwifing from Pahoa, Hawaii's Sirius Institute, which arranges for the mother to swim with dolphins pre- and post-natally. "It's about reconnecting as humans with the dolphins so we can … learn from one another," Heather Barrington said. "Dolphins are very intelligent and healing, which … calms mother and baby," Adam Barrington said. Biologists writing for the Discovery Channel, however, reminded readers underwater births are extraordinarily dangerous and dolphins are "wild animals" that gang-rape female dolphins and "toss, beat and kill small porpoises." One biologist said the Barringtons' plan is "possibly the worst idea ever."

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