Woman Plans Dolphin-Assisted Birth in Shark Infested Waters
Woman Plans To Give Dolphin-Assisted Birth in Shark Infested Waters, Hopes Child Will “Speak Dolphin”
A woman is planning to give dolphin-assisted birth, despite recent local shark warnings. According to sources, she hopes that giving birth in this fashion will allow her child to eventually, “speak dolphin.”
The birthing process has been guided by The Sirius Institute, providing ‘dolphin midwives’ which allowed her to swim with dolphins several times during her pregnancy. The Institute claims, “Hawaii is ideally suited for these therapy and birth projects.”
Dorina Rosin and her partner Maika Suneagle are appearing in the UK Channel 4 documentary Extraordinary Births for the event.
A clinical report issued by the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology highlights a list of complications with waterbirths in even the most controlled clinical environments.
Dolphin Assisted Birth: A Doctor’s Take
Dark Matter News reached out to an obstetrician for her take on the event.
Dr. Amy Tuteur, former Harvard University Medical School Professor writes under the moniker “The Skeptical OB” and presents some further insight. Recently featured in Time, her reasoning as a physician of 24 years and mother of four often appear avant-garde in contrast to popular parenting magazines and the modern birth movement.
Dr. Tuteur: I call these type of births ‘stuntbirths’,” citing the process as, “unsafe and all about garnering publicity.”
Anyone who believes that dolphins can cure Down’s Syndrome or that her child will speak dolphin has a serious problem. If all it takes for a child to speak a language is to hear it on the day of birth, she’d be better off hiring a Spanish speaking obstetrician. That way her child would at least end up with (a) practical skill.
In addition, the doctor notes on her site that many proponents of natural childbirth even outside of the water ignore complications leading to infant mortality rates which licensed obstetricians seek desperately to reduce.
Language Acquisition in Neuroscience
Could a child actually learn how to speak dolphin from the womb? Research suggests otherwise. The chemical trauma associated with birth could prevent a child from acquiring any brief languages spoken around them at the time. Unless the birth mother could somehow ‘speak dolphin’ as much as she speaks her native language during pregnancy, there is not enough evidence suggesting that short-term exposure to these sounds will somehow influence a baby’s ability to recognize dolphin speech patterns.
Similarly, bottle nosed dolphins communicate with one another at around the range of 40 kHz, or 40,000 hertz. In comparison, studies have found that babies can only hear between the 100-3,000 hertz range just prior to birth.
The human hearing range for adults lies between audio frequencies of 20 hertz and 20 kHz. The fact that we can’t naturally hear what these dolphins are saying to one another, even if we understood their language, is a biological no-brainer.
Risk of Attack
According to Valerie Ryan, one such encounter with a familiar dolphin nearly cost her life.
I knew I had to get out of the water, but couldn’t because of my injuries. I felt pure terror, Ryan told The Guardian.
Just after I got into the water, Dusty left the woman she was with and went ballistic – I found out afterwards that she’s very territorial when she is with somebody. Her tail was flapping wildly, and at first I thought it was a display, but then something twigged: maybe she’s angry. I knew I had to get out of the water, so I swam towards the pier, but within microseconds Dusty had ploughed into me with her snout. It was very powerful and painful, and the speed was amazing. I went hurtling forwards.
Unpredictable behavior in wild dolphins, combined with risk of shark attacks in the region, may be cause for alarm.
The State of Hawaii urges residents and tourists to follow certain safety tips before entering the water:
Do not enter the water if you have open wounds or are bleeding in any way. Sharks can detect blood and body fluids in extremely small concentrations.
So far we have no word yet on the status of mother and baby.
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