Flipper Delivers: Dolphin-Assisted Births Could Be Coming to an Ocean Near You
"Dr. Flipper to the OR, please. Paging Dr. Flipper. You are needed in the OR."
"What, me violent?"
A dolphin OB/GYN might seem like something out of a cartoon or children's book, but believe it or not, dolphin assisted births have becomes a "thing." Pregnant women and couples visit human/dolphin habitats where the women give birth in....wait for it...the ocean.
That's right, folks: The woman gives birth in the ocean, with the assistance of a dolphin -- and a few creatures of the bipedal variety.
via Flickr Simon_sees "Yup. That's mine right there, in the third row."
Dolphin assistance makes the mother feel better and the baby progress faster, according to some dolphin-assisted birth proponents. According to the website of The Sirius Institute, a Hawaii-based organization that provides human/dolphin birthing habitats, "Children born in the water with the dolphins develop six months faster over their first six months, have perhaps 150 grams more brain weight, and are ambidextrous."
Mary Getten, a Florida-based "animal communicator" who was the coordinator of the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Washington for a decade and has been communicating with dolphins over 20 years (but has no first-hand experience of dolphin assisted birth) told New Times, "I have observed dolphins in a captive situation that were very engaged in doing healing work with human patients, and I did see those patients come away with benefits, both physical and emotional. So perhaps in the right situation, dolphins would be interested and helpful in a birth."
Of course, according to her website, Getten also believes she can communicate with the spirits of dead animals. And other experts point out that dolphins can be violent. Here's a dolphin getting rough with a human. But if you ask us, she deserved it: