Friday, October 07, 2005

Celebrity Challenge?

Celebrity gossip

Movie star couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston have reportedly told Tom Cruise’s fiancée Katie Holmes that she must keep quiet during the birth of her child. Not for Katie the luxury of screaming out while enduring the agony of childbirth, oh no. Instead, according to the laws of Scientology (and subsequently its high-profile Hollywood followers), the poor starlet must suffer in silence. And that’s not all. The controversial religious organisation also believes that pregnant women should shun painkilling drugs. On and they also demand that a newborn baby be quiet as well.
According to Scientology, children should be brought into the world without any fuss and allowed to quietly get used to their surroundings. That means no music, no chatting, no expressions of pain from the mother – and presumably no cries from the child itself.
Allow John’s wife Kelly Preston to explain: "It's just because everything in moments of pain is really recorded and you want to have that (the birth) peaceful and clear of the sort of suggestions of different words that can then affect them (babies) in their future." Hmmm… we wonder if Kelly was able to practise what she preaches during the birth of her two daughters.

Could be a new game show........



Mary P. said...

For about ten years, I taught childbirth classes and attended labours as a support person, so this post interests me.

Let me start by saying I think those scientology types are ridiculous with their rules and regs for this intense and personal experience. Some observations:

Generally, babies are quiet at the birth, particularly if the room is calm and the lights lowered just as they make their appearance. Some are little screamers, but more simply stare quietly around themselves - in wonder? It's quite awe-inspiring.

For a small percentage of women, labour is pain-free. Really!

For most, there's no getting round the fact of pain (though not all label it "agony") during childbirth; many women take pain killers, and that should be their choice. Of those who don't, some women bellow and wail in response, others produce low, gutteral moans (which is more physiologically helpful than a high-pitched scream), others are quiet and intense. And again, that should be their choice. There is no one "right way" to give birth.

I despise the moral superiority implicit in that notion. How many women who have healthy labours that produce lovely children have been made to feel inadequate and guilty because they accepted pain medications, had a Cesarean, or in some other way, didn't do it "right"? It makes me angry. Childbirth is a miracle, and should be celebrated as such - no matter how it's accomplished.

CyberKitten said...

Well said that woman.... Rules? Tosh!

craziequeen said...

No arguments here - whatever floats your boat, mums-to-be :-)