What is silent birth?

Geez, I don’t know why “Silent Birth” is being talked about so much these days but I wanted to take the chance to repost the FAQ on the subject:

Silent birth is all about providing the best possible environment for the birthing mother and her new baby. Its origins can be found in L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and are firmly rooted in a fundamental and abiding principle that women, particularly expectant mothers, be given the utmost in care and respect. 

A silent birth is labor and delivery done in a calm and loving environment and with no spoken words by anyone attending. Chatty doctors and nurses, shouts to “PUSH, PUSH” and loud or laughing remarks to “encourage” are the types of things that are meant to be avoided.

As L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

“Everyone must learn to say nothing within the expectant mother’s hearing during labor and delivery. Particularly during birth, absolute silence must be maintained and the more gentle the delivery, the better.”

The point of silent birth is NO WORDS. It does not mean a mother cannot make any sound during childbirth. It is doubtful that any woman could give birth without making any noise at all.

The principle behind not speaking during childbirth is delineated in Dianetics and to fully understand why, one should read the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. But to provide a brief explanation, L. Ron Hubbard discovered the hidden source of nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets, insecurity and psychosomatic illness—the reactive mind. This part of the mind records all perceptions during times of pain and unconsciousness—which childbirth is for both mother and child. And words, in particular, spoken during these moments, can have an adverse effect on one later in life.

Mothers naturally want to give their baby the best start in life and thus keep the birth as quiet and peaceful as possible. That being said, a woman’s choice for her delivery is completely up to her and her doctor. There is no requirement to adhere to any specific routine. Just like care is taken in all other aspects of labor and birth, a woman and her doctor or midwife and any others present work out how to communicate without words.

Doctors respect the right of a mother to choose her birthing experience. Silent birth is not a medical model but a religious and philosophical approach based on L. Ron Hubbard’s research into the mind and spirit.

However, since the research, findings and practice of silent birth were first announced by Mr. Hubbard in the 1951 text entitled Child Dianetics, this method has been corroborated and applied by doctors, nurses and midwives world over.

The Church has no policy against the use of medicines to help a person with a physical situation and these principles do not preclude a mother from receiving any medical procedure needed to safely deliver the baby, including Caesarean section. These are medical decisions and these, too, are between the mother and her doctor.

Dianetics Day

Today is Dianetics Day, the day the basic book “Dianetics – The Modern Science of Mental Health” was published for the first time.

The Friends of LRH did a press release on that, and here it is:

This day in history marks the Anniversary of “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.” Written by L. Ron Hubbard and released on May 9th 1950, Dianetics has become an all-time self-help bestseller with over 21 million copies sold in 165 nations and has appeared on a total of 116 bestseller lists.

Events in commemoration of the Dianetics anniversary and news of its worldwide use are scheduled throughout the world this week in what is also the L. Ron Hubbard Centennial Year (1911-2011). Centennial celebrations commemorating Mr. Hubbard’s life (1911-1986) were launched internationally in March of this year and are set to continue throughout 2011 on significant dates relating to Mr. Hubbard’s life & works.

L. Ron Hubbard was born in Tilden, Nebraska on March 13th 1911 and is widely known as an author, humanitarian and the founder of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard also became the nation’s youngest Eagle Scout in 1924, just two weeks after his thirteenth birthday. By the age of 19 he had traveled over 250,000 miles and became a prolific writer of fiction in the 1930s and 1940s—publishing over 138 short stories, novelettes and novels. His writing funded his research into the nature of man forming the basis of what later became Dianetics & Scientology.

During World War II he served as Lieutenant in the US Navy where he saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific. After the war L. Ron Hubbard continued his research and on May 9th, 1950 “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” was released and has become one of the best selling self-help books with over 21 million copies sold and is available in 50 languages.

For more information on the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard visit the new interactive audio visual website http://www.lronhubbard.org.

Scientology Spiritual Counseling

US Magazine reported yesterday about John Travolta saying that ” Scientology Helping Us ‘Heal’ After Jett’s Death”. Actually, his wife Kelly Preston said something like that, namely: “We partake in spiritual counseling pretty much daily.” (US Magazine, 9 November 2009)

I understand she is talking about auditing, the spiritual counseling of the Church of Scientology. Scientology.org has an article about auditing which I can only recommend. Even better is this video:

The first auditing technique developed by L. Ron Hubbard was Dianetics auditing, covered in his book “Dianetics – the modern science of mental health” (1950). This book is still being sold, on paper, as audio book and as a film, and enables anyone to sit down with a friend and start auditing, right where ever they are, and take control over of those itches and irrational patterns in their live (more – not embeddable – videos about that are here).

– L

Got Questions? Try this…

Hi there,

and thanks for visiting this blog! I put it up to give you the opportunity to ask questions, about Scientology, Scientologists, David Miscavige and whatever you feel is related to that. If you are here to make statements or raise a fuss, you are violating the only rule this blog has. So please, don’t to it.

– Louanne

Film tip!

No, not Hancock… though this seems to be a great movie!

There is a series of new videos on the Scientology Video Channel, 20 or so, and I wanted to invite anyone interested to watch them. The same videos are also on the Youtube Scientology video channel.

My absolute favorite: “Inside a Church of Scientology”.

Powerful! And very realistic!

Then there is a short biography about L. Ron Hubbard.

Also I found several news clips about Dianetics and at least a dozen new PSAs against drugs. Somebody was really busy in the last month!

Enjoy, talk about it, ask questions about it!

– Louanne
(“officially” back 20th July or so)

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