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Unpublished Opinion

Friday, October 07, 2005

Ignoring your baby a good thing??

From MSNBC, the beliefs of the Scientology community regarding childbirth:


Tom and Katie are likely to follow the Church of Scientology's "silent birth" guidelines during delivery, which means no music and no talking during the birth, which also means no screaming during the pains of labor.


The doctrine also states that newborns cannot be poked or prodded for medical tests or even spoken to for the first seven days of their lives,believing that babies go through so much pain during the birth, they shouldn't have to experience any further discomfort or sensory experience that could return later in life to haunt them.


I guess I could get on board with the quiet part; I would find the cheerleading and chants of "push" to be rather annoying (although the mother should really be able to say/scream whatever she wants); but not talking to the baby for a week? I just don't get that. And can you feed the baby? Is that prodding? What about diaper changing?

4 Comments:

  • Apparently, on day 8 they are allowew to jump up and down on couch like an idiot on national TV.

    By Blogger Jon (was) in Michigan, at 7:01 PM  

  • TomKat is so bizarre. In a weird, sadistic way, I hope she has some form of post-pardum depression so Tom can suggest vitamins to her and she can knock him into next weekend.

    By Blogger Rae, at 9:20 AM  

  • this is even freakier.

    "Scientologists prefer to give birth at home and banish neo-natal screening and conventional medicine."

    "Next, the delivery itself should carry as little anaesthesic as possible, be as calm and no-talk as possible and the baby should not be bathed or chilled, but should be wrapped somewhat tightly in a warm blanket, very soft, and then left alone for a day or so."

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Scientologist-John-Travolta-Recommends-Unnatural-Birth-Behavior-For-Katie-Holmes-10030.shtml

    By Blogger Dog Lover, at 10:58 AM  

  • What?? I'm trying to be sensitive to religious beliefs, but..... urghkakgrr! How does a woman get through this? Is this good for bonding - not to mention the health of mom and baby? This one is hard for me to understand.

    By Blogger Buccaneer Betty, at 2:25 PM  

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