New Agers have been bringing their unconventional alternative techniques into the delivery room for some time now, but the craze is reaching a new level with a documentary about a “spiritual healer” name Dorina Rosin who is planning to have her baby in the ocean with only dolphins to assist her.
The Daily Mail is reporting on the story, captured in a Channel 4 documentary known as Extraordinary Births, about Rosin and her husband Maika Suneagle’s plans to have their baby at sea.
The couple runs a healing retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island called Hawaii Spirit Healing Sanctuary where they offer shamanic sound healing and coaching. The practice is based on the belief that sound is a creative force that has magical healing powers and utilizes “spirit guides” to harness and manipulate these forces.
Rosin’s encounter with dolphins happened in 2011 and again in 2014 when she “had the privilege to learn from and with wild and free dolphins and Humpback whales in Hawaii who transformed and healed me in a very profound way,” she writes on her website.
The experience led her to frequently spend time alone with nature along with her “spiritual helpers and ancestors”.
“In my shamanic sound healing and coaching work I invite people to relax and to connect deeper with their authentic being, their soul essence & the divine, this place inside of us where we have all the answers, where we are always taken care of, where we are pure beauty, love & peace and where we find healing,” she writes. “I support people to discover their sensitivity as an empowering gift. I use intuitive & emotional healing tools with voice & sounds, crystals, card readings, meditation, constellation work & inner journeys, empathetic listening, energy work, shamanic transformation work, body-movement, intuitive touch.”
How’s that for a New Age/occult resume?
Her husband Maika claims he began his “transformational journey” over 30 years ago when he became involved with a martial art known as Jeet Kun Do which helped him recover from drug and alcohol abuse.
“I learned about every component of being human and its’ relationship to the Tao (The Way), an ancient oriental philosophy of living in balance with all things. The wisdom of the Tao included nutrition, herbology, fitness, mental discipline, subtle energy, spiritual relationship with life and cosmic awareness,” he writes.
From there he graduated to other forms of holistic healing such as vibrational therapy, shamanism, herbology, reflexology and some modern conventional scientific methods. Eventually, he met a healer who introduced him to the use of color, sound, psychic energy, crystals and magnets for healing and eventually became trained in a variety of New Age modalities such as aromatherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Iridology and Sclerology.
Then he suffered a fall that broke his back and left him nearly crippled for over a year.
“The pain from this injury has often triggered many spontaneous ‘past life’ memories that have taught me much about the continuing saga of Soul through time. I’ve learned there are many issues that can get passed from one incarnation to the next and through the informational memories of hereditary DNA patterns from mother/father lineages down to us,” he writes. “These memory imprints influence our life in countless hidden ways. When we are able to take charge of our internal subconscious world and transform mental and emotional patterns we can break the unwanted repeated patterns of limitations and suffering that bind us to mediocrity, suffering and unhappiness.”
After learning the history of this couple, it’s not too difficult to imagine why they’d opt for a “dolphin-assisted” birth in spite of the fact that experts say this – and any kind of dophin assisted therapy (DAT) – is very dangerous.
According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, “there is no scientific evidence to prove that the therapy is effective,” reports science journalist Christie Wilcox in 2013. Furthermore, “both people and animals can be exposed to infection and injury when participating in these programs.”
Wilcox calls the idea “one of the worst natural birthing ideas anyone has ever had,” and cites research showing how dolphins will “toss, beat, and kill small porpoises or baby sharks for no apparent reason other than they enjoy it, though some have suggested the poor porpoises serve as practice for killing the infants of rival males.”
She asks: “Is this an animal you want to have at your side when you’re completely vulnerable?”
But Rosin is intent on going through with the plan and says she and Maika have attended a 38-week blessing which involved Dorina swimming alongside the mammals while heavily pregnant, part of which was captured on YouTube.
We can only pray there are no complications and that mother and child will survive this dangerous stunt.