Quit Yellin', It's Only Childbirth
Date: October 6, 2005
by Corky Siemaszko, Daily News Staff Writer
Katie Holmes' mission impossible will be giving birth without painkillers - or screaming.
Practitioners of Scientology are against drugs but insist on "silent birth" because they believe it's traumatic for babies to hear their mothers groan or cry.
"Maintain silence in the presence of birth to save the sanity of the mother and the child and safeguard the home to which they will go," church founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote in his best-selling "Dianetics."
That's easier to preach than practice.
"It got hard-core at the end because she was big," Preston said of her 13-hour ordeal.
Travolta later described it as a "beautiful, still experience that lovingly brings a child into the world without screaming or talking."
Of course, he didn't have the baby.
Scientologists also favor seven days of silence for newborns so their first week on Earth is trauma-free. But this has run afoul of state-mandated blood tests, which require at least a pinprick.