Couple Travels to Hawaii For Dolphin-Assisted Birth — Yes, Really!
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Couple Travels to Hawaii For Dolphin-Assisted Birth — Yes, Really!

Adam Barringer and his pregnant wife Heather have traveled to Hawaii to swim with the dolphins. But this typical vacation activity will involve a bit of a twist: Heather plans to give birth while swimming with these friends of the sea.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the couple, who are planning on naming their baby ‘Bohdi’ (of course!), headed to Hawaii to stay with the founder of the Sirius Institute, which is an organization with a goal to “dolphinize” Earth. All righty then!

Heather and Adam say they’ve experienced “signs along the way,” pointing them to dolphin-birthing and the institute. The couple apparently got the idea for dolphin-assisted birth after reading the book, “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life” by Drunvalo Melchizedek.

According to Heather, “It is about reconnecting as humans with the dolphins so we can coexist in this world together and learn from one another.”

Although Heather isn’t due until July, preparations for the birth begin immediately. The couple will spend time forming a connection with a dolphin pod, which will hopefully cement the bond between animal and newborn. This will involve prenatal and postnatal swims with the marine mammals.

Adam says, “It’s total relaxation for the mother. Dolphins are very intelligent and healing which in turn calms mother and baby for the whole process.”

We don’t know about you, but giving birth in the water with a bunch of sea creatures doesn’t sound super relaxing to us, but hey, “different strokes,” y’know? Pun intended.

Writing for Discover, Christie Wilcox gives some compelling reasons why this might be “possibly the worst idea ever.” Wilcox writes, “… 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.”

Undeterred but not completely crazy, we are relieved to hear that the couple have prepared for a non-dolphin birth. Should that need arise, Heather will be accompanied by a midwife.

She says, “Having that connection with the pod of dolphins anytime — even if the birth doesn’t happen in the water — still brings peace, comfort, and strength to the mother and baby during labor.”

The couple is definitely adventurous, having traveled across the country, staying with friends and living out of their car, picking up odd jobs and trading for food and supplies. Says Adam, “We are all about living off the earth.”

After the baby arrives, the family will stay in Hawaii for a while until they figure out where they want to go next. “I’m excited about doing all the things I didn’t get to do as a child,” says Adam.

We reckon that experiencing birth with a bunch of marine-dwelling mammals will be a memorable way to kick off that list of adventurous family activities!

Source: The Charlotte Observer, Discover

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05.30.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Teddie McCormick
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