A pregnant woman and her husband have decided that they are going to give birth amongst a pod of dolphins at the Sirius Institute in Pohoa, Hawaii.
Heather and Adam Barrington from South Carolina will firstly have various prenatal swims with the dolphins, to prepare themselves for the dolphin assisted birth in July.
The Sirius Institute described itself as "a research consortium with the purpose of 'dolphinizing' the planet". Due to increasing demand for dolphin assisted births, the institute recently set up the Dolphin Attended, Water, Natural and Gentle Birth Centre.
Sirius Institute released a statement saying "We are now receiving up to 3-4 requests per week through the internet from people searching for a place to birth with dolphins".
Experts have however expressed their concern. Even though dolphin-related incidents among humans are rare, and relatively minor; the animal is still a predator and can become aggressive.
Sirius Institute added "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 labour."
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