‘Natural' Births Water- and dolphin-assisted birthing is a recent twist on a New Age trend toward "natural births," of which some practices can be dangerous. In a culture that equates "natural" with "good," it's not surprising that a "natural birth" movement would eventually form. Of course not everything natural is safe, good or healthy. Poisons and cancer are completely natural - and deadly. All births are "natural," but some births are safer than others, and birthing a child in seawater next to a wild, carnivorous mammal is not a good idea.
Though dolphins have been widely embraced by New Agers and are much beloved - due to their playful nature, aquarium acrobatics, and TV shows such as "Flipper" - they do attack and kill other animals.
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Going even further into the pseudoscientific rabbit hole, the Sirius Institute claims that "The work of Dr. Stanislav Grof and others have established that the birth experience is the major formative experience for our personality. A good birth results in an imprint of basic trust in the universe while a difficult birth can lead to an imprint of struggle. Whatever the imprint, it tends to be repeated in our later lives."