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Some people go to Hawaii for the sun, surf and gorgeous scenery. Others go for the dolphin births.
Is this for real? Nomadic couple Adam and Heather Barringer have traveled to Hawaii apparently in preparation for what they hope will be a dolphin-assisted ocean birth in July. Working with The Sirius Institute, an organization dedicated to "the creation of human/dolphin co-creative habitats," the mom- and dad-to-be are preparing by swimming and bonding with a dolphin pod, whom they hope will bring strength to both mom and baby during the delivery.
"Dolphins are very intelligent and healing which in turn calms mother and baby for the whole process," Heather told The Charlotte Observer.
Dolphins births are not a new phenomenon, according to the Sirius Institute's website, which claims Hawaiians have been practicing dolphin births for decades -- though we can't find any photographs or video. Dolphins are innately curious and attracted to pregnant women, the site says, to such an extent that pregnant women are sometimes not allowed on swim-with-dolphin excursions so that all paying customers can get an equal shot at frolicking with Flipper.
We're all for creating conditions in which a woman can give birth the way she wants to. But this sounds a lot like the dolphin-assisted birth we heard about when the koi pond birth gag went around.
What do you think: Are these folks for real?