Since actor Tom Cruise, a Scientologist, announced that he and actress Katie Holmes would follow the Scientology practice of â€œsilent birthâ€ when their baby was born, there has been widespread speculation about whatâ€™s behind this idea and what it involves. On April 18, the day Cruise and Holmesâ€™ baby was born, Rev. John Carmichael, president of the Church of Scientology in New York, explained Scientologyâ€™s views on childbirth, parent-child relationship, and child development.
What is â€œsilent birthâ€?
Silent birth is having a quiet or gentle birth, and itâ€™s all about providing the best environment for the birthing mother and her new baby. Itâ€™s labour and delivery done in a calm and loving environment with no spoken words by everyone present as much as possible. Obviously, there will be times that thatâ€™s not practical, but thatâ€™s the intention and the general plan. Doctors and nursesâ€™ shout â€œPush! Push!â€ and remarks, even if theyâ€™re meant as â€œencouragement,â€ those are things weâ€™re trying to avoid.
Why practice silent birth?
Itâ€™s based on L Ron Hubbardâ€™s research into the mind and spirit. He found that words spoken during pain and unconsciousness could have effects on an individual later in life. Itâ€™s called the reactive mind. Anyone can read about this in the book â€˜Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Healthâ€™, but mothers who are familiar with this, naturally want to give their baby the best possible start in life. â€” Beliefnet.com