Thursday, January 20, 2011

Silent Birth?

In an interview with 'Today' host Natalie Morales, the actress discusses the "silent birth" technique commonly employed by Scientologists, a practice where "everyone attending the birth should refrain from spoken words as much as possible ... chatty doctors and nurses, shouts to 'PUSH, PUSH' and loud or laughing remarks to 'encourage' are avoided." Preston explains, "Silent birth is basically just no words as much as possible. If you need to moan, if you need to cry out ... of course that's normal. But, it's just bringing them in, in as peaceful and gentle a way as possible."

Preston credits the silent birth technique for the peaceful demeanor of her children, saying, "My kids have always been amazing. Just very calm, very peaceful, happy and I absolutely know it's very much because of that."

While Benjamin's birth posed potential risks for both mother and baby due to Preston's age, the 48-year-old actress says that her excitement outweighed her concern. "I didn't [consider this risks]. I just considered that it was difficult," she says. "We're just really happy that we're so fortunate."


As a Doula this article sparked great interest to me, first off Kudos to Kelly Preston for braving pregnancy at the age of 48. Not many people her age would even consider pregnancy because of the “high risk” label given to women over 35. However, with many things in life there is greater risk and that does not stop us from anything else we do. Don’t agree with me? How about the family diet? Isn’t it “high risk” to eat Popeyes, McDonalds, KFC? Of course it is, but you still eat it!

Giving birth is a natural ability that Allah has blessed women. Subhanallah, it is the one area in which all women can come together and celebrate.

I am obviously a practicing Muslim and have no intentions to endorse scientology or its beliefs. Having said that I still respect her choice of birth and think it’s a great option… especially because many a times there is way too much going on and being said in the delivery room!

I have been apart of some amazing births- but there have been times when that Dads to be, mother of the Mom to be, Mother in laws, Nurses and even Doctors have really rubbed the lady in labour the wrong way… all because of something that has been said.

Can you imagine, muting everything?!

Doesn’t sound so bad does it?!

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