Have you ever heard an idea so terrible that you wonder if the person having it is friendless? The idea is so bad that SURELY someone who loved them would have taken them aside and been like, “Hey. Hey, you. Yes, you. These words you are saying and things you are thinking are stupid. Stop it right now, you beautiful idiot. Just, shhhhh.” Everyone needs a friend like that.
Well, apparently Dorina Rosin and her partner Maika Suneagle do not have friends like that, because they are planning on using a dolphin as a midwife to assist with Dorina’s upcoming birth. They are healers from Hawaii, and are participating in the upcoming British documentary series Katie Piper’s Extraordinary Births. While she was wary of their tactics at the beginning, host Katie Piper is coming around to their laid-back approach to giving birth. She told the Times:
“I found the dolphin people a bit out there but they seemed so happy and the woman was so relaxed. I just thought everybody was wonderful and it was all a bit of an eye-opener.”
Apparently a “dolphin assisted birth” is a thing people do, and experts are speaking out about how dangerous the practice is. Christie Wilcox wrote about the practice for Discovery Magazine, calling this form of natural birth “a seriously bad idea.”
“Because of their friendly disposition and common (occurrence) in aquariums, we tend to think of dolphins as trustworthy, loving creatures. But 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… No matter how cute they might appear, dolphins are not cuddly companions; they are real, large, ocean predators with a track record for violence — even when it comes to humans.”
While everyone has the right to choose the best birthing plan for their families, this just seems unnecessarily reckless. Here’s hoping that these parents come to their senses and that the baby is born safe, sound, and on dry land.