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:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:


6 Responses to “Dolphin-attended water births”

  1. Jeremy says:

    If something goes wrong maybe the dolphins can assist (very end of second video)?!? Seriously? Does that guy really think that?!? He needs to lay off the funky cigarettes is what he needs to do.

    November 5th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  2. Allison says:

    I swam with dolphins once. It was a fun but definitely not a magical transcendent experience. I won’t be signing up for the birthing with dolphins or finding my inner dolphin. Thank you for posting this, I needed a good laugh!

    November 5th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

  3. gertie says:

    Hey, I used to be an alternative energy & counter-culture loving 20-something hippie college student in Humboldt county! Now I’m an alternative energy & counter-culture loving 30-something (slightly more cynical) hippie living in the SF Bay Area. I’m down with whatever birthing method keeps mom & baby healthy, and mom, dad & baby happy.

    Having said that, I wouldn’t be popping out my bloody little bundle of joy into any body of water occupied by wild, meat-eating animals. I’m just sayin’.

    November 5th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

  4. Paul says:

    I’m sure this is a very enriching experience for the dolphins. Why should we deprive them?

    November 6th, 2009 at 9:36 am

  5. AJ says:

    Given the transference of bodily fluids into the water, I wonder if this enriching experience for the dolphins carries any risk of illness for them.

    November 6th, 2009 at 9:47 am

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hmmm… in that first video it almost looked like the wise, super-intelligent dolphins were communicating with the unborn baby – calling it forth from the womb – one sea creature to another. Then again maybe they were just eager for a baby snack.

    November 22nd, 2009 at 11:55 am

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