Scientologists John Travolta and Kelly Preston have followed the ’silent birth’ plan in the past and will likely adhere to this doctrine with their upcoming child.
In the book Preventive Diantics, Scientology creator Ron L. Hubbard holds that “children should be delivered in an atmosphere of total quiet, without any groans, screams, or sounds of pain from the mother, or even the audible exchange of information among hospital personnel.”
But beliefs are beliefs and Kelly managed it before. At some point during labor with daughter Ella Bleu she wound up asking John to take her to the hospital for an epidural. They ended up getting stuck in traffic though and she had to deliver the baby at home with no meds! That’s 9 lbs of silent ouch, though she did admit to sounding out a few times.
She also reccommended silent birth to Katie Holmes when she was pregnant with Suri and has explained the process saying: ”It’s just because everything in moments of pain is really recorded and you want to have that [the birth] peaceful and clear of sort of suggestions or different words that can then affect them [babies] in their future.”
In other words, if the child hears screams and pain it is believed that this will subconsciously harm and follow them into adulthood.
In addition to the no noise policy during birth, there is also a silent period after delivery. The baby should “be wrapped somewhat tightly in a warm blanket, very soft, and then left alone for a day or so.”
So is this medically sound in any way? Patricia Connor Devine, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who directs the Labor and Delivery Unit at Columbia University Medical Center says, “Babies have heard noise and responded to noise for some time before they are born,” she says. “There’s absolutely no scientific evidence that taking that away at the time of delivery will have any effect on outcome for the baby or the mother.”