December 2, 2010

Silent Birth…Are you kidding me?

First, let me say congratulations to Kelly Preston and John Travolta who welcomed their son, baby Benjamin into the world on Tuesday, November 24th.

What the world is still waiting to hear however is whether they were able to accomplish their goal of a “silent birth.” Come on now- really…were they serious?! Last time I checked, the human response to pain evoked some kind of audible sound! Personally, I recommend deep, guttural moaning over screaming…still wondering what Kelly did in response to her contractions.

Evidently, it is their long-standing practice of Scientology that dictates this notion of silent birth. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology tried to clarify: “Silent birth is a belief that no one should speak to the mother…absolute silence must be maintained during the birth.” Scientology believes that words uttered in these special times are the cause of later nightmares, fear and upset…hmmmm.

I at least was comforted to learn that non-verbal support, like massage is okay and that epidurals and cesareans are also permitted. NO WORDS though…curious.

How about you? Any silent births out there???

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  1. Louanne says:

    Some research is in order on the subject, like AOL Health, which researched Silent Birth by actually talking to someone (, you can’t miss it) or like The Washington Post, who checked the Scientology website ( and found the full story about Scientology Silent Birth.

    I personally experienced several silent births as a friend and as a family member and I can attest to its usefulness. How much it might contribute medically I don’t know, but spiritually it does exactly what it says.

  2. JeffS says:

    Sarah, silent birth is not about making no noise. It’s about keeping noise to a minimum and use no words.

  3. Claire says:

    I had a silent birth with my second son. I am not a scientologist. It just happened naturally that way. I loved my birth and hope to have a silent one this time around. It was peaceful in the room and I found I could concentrate on meditation during the pain. I didn’t utter a sound because it wasn’t that painful. I had a drug free silent birth and I think everyone should strive for that.

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