Giddy romance leads Katie Holmes to silent birth
After the giddy fanfare of their highly public courtship, actress Katie Holmes is expected to give birth to Tom Cruise’s baby any day now as quietly as humanly possible.
The “TomKat” baby may be the most hotly anticipated celebrity birth of the season, but it is expected to be delivered in line with the little understood Scientology method of quiet or silent birth.
Cruise, 43, is one of the best known adherents of the Church of Scientology founded by L. Ron Hubbard, who believed that the best possible start in life for a new baby is a calm and loving environment free of screaming obscenities, chatty doctors or shouts to “push”.
“A woman who wants her child to have the best possible chance will find a doctor who will agree to keep quiet especially during the delivery, and who will insist upon silence being maintained in the hospital delivery room as far as it is humanly possible,” Hubbard wrote.
Scientologists have spoken out in support of Cruise and the silent birth principle despite rumors and media criticism. The “Mission Impossible” star this week denied one tabloid magazine report that he had bought an adult pacifier to muffle the moans and groans of his 27 year-old fiancee.
According to another report, large posters have been given to the Catholic-raised Holmes reminding her to “Be Silent and make all physical movements slow and understandable.”
Scientologists John Travolta and his actress wife Kelly Preston were among those explaining the method. “Screaming is fine....it’s the words. If you can avoid saying certain phrases and words...Of course you’re going to groan and yell. It hurts. Just keep it to the minimum,” said Preston, mother of two. reuters