Adam Barrington, 29, and his wife Heather, 27, from North Carolina are in Hawaii planning to give birth to their baby under water in the company of dolphins. The couple believe it will bring “peace, comfort and strength” to the mother and baby. They are going to The Sirius Institute in Hawaii known for its state advocacy on “dolphinizing the planet.” But experts disagree saying dolphins can be unpredictable and dangerous, especially in the wild.
Christie Wilcox of Discover calls the dolphin-assisted birth as “the worst natural birthing ideas anyone has ever had.” Wilcox cites research wherein dolphins “toss, beat, kill small porpoises or baby sharks” just for the fun of it. She also pointed out YouTube videos of dolphins roughhousing with humans. The dolphin-assisted therapy according to a marine biologist is not a legitimate therapy or effective in helping mood improve but for a short while. The pregnant mother has said she may not give birth in the water but may spend time with the dolphins before and after the baby’s birth. The couple has been married for four years and work odd jobs to support their travel all over the country. They still have no plan where they will live after their baby is born.