Dianetics Explains Reason for Silent Birth

Dianetics Explains Reason for Silent Birth September 1, 2011

L. Ron Hubbard wrote in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, In May, 1950, that expectant mothers should be extremely gentle on themselves during pregnancy. He also advocated that people assisting a woman giving birth maintain silence during delivery.

“So a child should have a very quiet prenatal period, and should have a silent, as painless as possible, birth.,” and, “the delivery itself should carry as little anesthetic as possible, be as calm and no-talk as possible.”

Mr. Hubbard also recommended:

“It is a remarkable fact…that the healthiest children come from the happiest mothers. Birth, for one thing…is a very mild affair. … A happy woman has very little trouble.”

This viewpoint was in stark contrast to the practices of the day, where delivery rooms were brightly lit, noisy places and women were heavily drugged. In the 1960s and 1970s alternative popular natural childbirth methods evolved from principles of a calm, quiet, and relaxed birthing environment and little or no anesthesia. These methods also promote that a positive emotional attitude on the part of the mother is an essential component of to a better delivery.

Tad Reeves is Scientologist, a website systems engineer, and a parent of two adorable children.  He has a great time applying Scientology as a parent, and keeps up a website entitled ScientologyParent with tips and successes that he, his wife, and his friends have had in applying Scientology to the joys and challenges of parenting.

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