Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Dolphin-attended water births
Behold a video clip of a dolphin-attended water birth from Le Premier Cri, a documentary about birthing experiences around the world.
Sadly, I’m a product of the American monolingual education system. I’m unable to efficiently google for dolphin birthing centers located around the world. However, one such center exists in Hawaii and was profiled on the Penn & Teller cable show Bullshit! If you operate a dolphin-attended water birthing business, whoo boy, you should never agree to appear on a show called Bullshit!
Penn & Teller chalk up the subject of their dolphin episode as, “It’s all about people who believe dolphins have super powers.” You can read the counter-argument on the company’s website.
My wife turned me onto the whole dolphin birthing thing when she was researching birthing videos and found the Le Premier Cri film trailer. Unlike the above clip that appears to occur in a controlled pool, the Hawaiian business seems to use “tide pools” and “hot ponds” adjoining the Pacific Ocean.
The following Bullshit! clip succinctly captures the type of person attracted to this phenomenon. Warning: Yes, Bullshit! contains a fair amount of profanity from its hosts.
Living in Humboldt County, Calif. with its rampant counter-culture, we have a great many people who look like the couple in the above video. I can’t say they’d be hip to birthing with dolphins, but they are what the average person would normally classify as hippies. They’re not really 1960s free love hippies, just 20-somethings who are into alternative everything, questioning anything that is mainstream.
What’s funny about the business profiled in the Bullshit! clip is that, as of the show’s taping in 2008, the business had yet to have a customer follow through with a dolphin-attended birth. The couple in the video changed their minds.
Below is a clip from the same show profiling a different business based in Arizona that helps people channel dolphin spirits.
What can I say? I’m totally convinced.
If you have the time, here’s the entire Bullshit! episode: