I was recently made aware of a Duracell commercial that highlighted all the unwelcome advice that new parents hear. One form of advice included a doula-recommended “dolphin assisted water birth.” This struck me as funny on a number of levels.
First, I had to Google it and it is a thing! Apparently a midwife in Hawaii does them. Who knew?
Second, we don’t even have a facility that allows any water births here, so I’m sorry to say that these will not be coming to the North Country any time soon.
Third, doulas want you to have the birth that YOU want! We listen to expecting parents and help them navigate the options by supplying information, not forcing expectations onto them. So while I would be happy to give resources on how a dolphin may or may not help facilitate a healthy birth, I would never tell someone that it is a necessity. They would have to come to their own conclusions on that matter.
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