Here’s a story from a Scientologist parent, and her story of using principles of quiet birth or as it’s known by the tabloid media, “silent birth”.
They were each born naturally, at a birthing center. We just explained to the midwife what we wanted beforehand, and they were happy to accommodate.
Of course, “silent birth” is somewhat a misnomer, I think. Obviously the births weren’t completely silent. But the talking was kept to an absolute minimum. If the midwife needed to tell me something or needed to tell me what to do, she did, quietly and briefly. But no chatter, no commentary, no “soothing talk” from my husband, etc. And although I made some noises of course (it is labor after all!), I did stay pretty quiet and calm wherever possible.
Our birthing center already follows a pattern of keeping things calm and pretty quiet; we just take a step further and really cut out the talking. Each of the births went great. I really couldn’t have asked for better experiences–so amazing. Our kids were each very alert, happy and calm, and I had no postpartum difficulties–I’m sure the way we brought them into the world contributed to that.
For more information on Silent Birth and how Scientologists approach the topic of birth and delivery, see the articles on Scientology and birth below:
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