(NEWSER– A South Carolina couple is getting quite a bit of attention for their, shall we say, unconventional birthing plan: Adam and Heather Barringer headed to Hawaii last month, where they plan to welcome their baby in July via "dolphin-assisted birth," the Charlotte Observer reports. The Barringers are studying at the Sirius Institute, which fosters human-dolphin interaction, and will spend the weeks leading up to the birth bonding with a dolphin pod. And then, the main event, which will obviously take place in the water: "It’s total relaxation for the mother," explains Adam. Adds Heather, “Dolphins are very intelligent and healing, which in turn calms mother and baby for the whole process."

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