Scientology Silent Birth: A Testimonial

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L. Ron Hubbard: Shhhhh!
We're trying something new this morning at Runnin' Scared. Over the past few years, there's been a lot of critical stuff written about the religion of Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard on this blog. For the sake of balance, we've asked freelancer Antoine Oman* to write us an occasional post that looks at things from Scientology's perspective. In this first piece, Oman writes about a first-person testimonial which lavishes praise on the practice of Scientology Silent Birth. -- ed.

I first heard about Scientology's practice of "silent birth" when Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise welcomed adorable little Suri Cruise into the world. It sounded fascinating, so I was enthralled when I read this testimonial from an Australian Scientologist named Sonya...

Sonya writes that she was past due, and was looking for some advice about how to get things going. Thankfully, she had Scientologist friends with an answer...

I tried the natural remedies for inducing your own labor, specifically taking a long walk. That night I went into labor!

You can feel Sonya's excitement, can't you?

Anyway, Sonya then documents quite vividly the sort of cramps she was feeling during labor -- thanks, Sonya -- but then comes the important part, her instructions to those around her to make sure her baby came into the world the Scientology way...

We had told the midwife and nurses that there was to be no talking while I was having a contraction. Thankfully, they did exactly what I asked!

All emphasis, I assure you, is in Sonya's original. She really gets her points across.

Then, Sonya recalls, she was told that she could be in labor for hours. But this is a determined Scientologist with a planet to clear: Absorb Sonya's inspirational words...

Mid one of the pushes I was told that it could go on for hours! I thought to myself that this is not going to happen. 10 minutes later out came the baby.

Please follow the link to her story, because you will love the photo of her baby, clearly beside himself with joy that he came into the world with no one saying a word.

LRH, you are a genius.

Readers, for our comments section, here are some subjects you might want to discuss after reading Sonya's moving testimonial.

--Why, do you think, does Hubbard want a child to come into the world in silence?

--What effect did noisy doctors and nurses have on you as you were born, in this lifetime or any other?

--What sort of advantages will Sonya's strapping young lad have that children born to wog parents lack?

Food for thought, certainly. Until next time, fellow seekers!


* Any resemblance of Antoine Oman to another writer who turned out to be an alter ego for a certain wiseass named Ortega is purely speculation on your part.



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Redhead
Redhead

How did the tech work for DM ? I think that says it all

Redhead
Redhead

Whatever makes you think that spending xxxxxxxxxxxx amount of money will give you a ticket to heaven????? and eternal life? I just dont get it, it doesnt make sense at all

Mike
Mike

Tony, love the "pro" Scientology article dripping with sarcasm (sic).  So I guess yelling and screaming and "chearleading" the birthing Mom is the way to bring a child into the world then?  I love the Pavlovian response that anything Scientology or pro-Scientology must be wrong.  And anything critical of Scientology is absolutely 100% correct.  Here is a sensible blog from a non-Scientological source: http://blogs.webmd.com/healthy...

Also, there is a French method called "Leboyer", mentioned in the blog.  Hear is a good explanation:  http://www.pregnancytoday.com/...

As a Scientologist I am costantly amazed at some of the so-called "critical thought" processes that appears in these Ortega forums, or lack there of.  The most glaring are the articles that center around Marty Rathburn data.  The article on the "list if spies".  MR presents a list of names, calls it a spy list and "Whamo!" the forums are full of "Yeah...it sure is a spy list...".  Then when MR says he loves "LRH and hates the corporate Church " it's all "don't trust him...", etc.

There is nothing wrong with a Silent Birth as practiced by Scientologists.  Not medically and not spiritually.  I am glad that all of you birthing experts have agreed to invalidate the method I am sure you have been very well qualified by all of the "ihatescientology" rhetoric.  As I mentioned before, Pavlov would be very proud of you guys. 

Scilonschools
Scilonschools

The concept of why humans have evolved so far and yet have a birthing procedure that on the face is more traumatic than simpler forms of life, reptiles etc , always puzzled me until i read a book on 'Human Bonding'.The question of why birthing was so traumatic for mother and child was explained in the loving bond formed by the mother and child united in contact and love immediately post birthing, This bond is lost in LRH's silent birthing where no remedy to the trauma is given to mother or child.

GOFOR IT
GOFOR IT

The ONLY people that would attack a great fast growing religion are, Criminal Governments, Drug companies that want to drug the whole planet, perverts, criminals, antisocial creeps and idiots that have nothing else better to do. This is over 40 years of documented facts....and ALL attackers have civil crimes every one of them. The good guys would just go and read and study the material for themselves and only use what he has reality with an can use to help himself lead a better life. He doesn't even have to be part of the church. The purpose of the material is to HELP. It's one thing that the attackers can't have so all they can do is spit venom....For the good guys go and find out for yourself mates and the hell with these idiots.  

Jim
Jim

What would a science fiction writer know about obstetrics? What  qualifies a Scientologist as a pediatrician? Crazy people!  

MarkStark
MarkStark

Many a Scientology mother would like to have a Marlboro baby, just like Ron, but Dr. Hubbard (PhD in Nuclear Pediatrics), does not recommend babies smoke before the age of 2, shortly after being weened from Ron's Barley Water Formula.(R) This is all covered in his Book and DVD "The Problem With Babies."

Among the Scientology principles presented in the DVD are: the Anatomy of Crying, Diaper Processing, and the Secrets of Poop; and the underlying mental and spiritual reasons for wanting a baby while serving in the Sea Org and their remedy.

The age of 4 or 5 is the optimal time to introduce the Thetan child to a fine Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, which means a Scotch Whiskey produced from only water and malted barley at a single Scientology distillery. Dr. Hubbard used to say:

"A couple of good shots of Scotch every day never hurt a kid, any more than occasionally exteriorizing to Jupiter."

Hubbard not only became an expert on everything cradle to grave (health, business, education, life extension -- secrets of the aging process, smoking, drugs, crime, science, tomatoes...), he also mastered the universe from the beginning of time.

According to David Miscavige, Ron dropped his meat body to do more "research."

sizzle8
sizzle8

The previous columns exposing scientology crimes and abuses have been good.This one, not so much.

Glibby
Glibby

Hubbard had 3 wives and 7 children.  One child committed suicide, one was disowned, and with most of the others he had a terrible relationship. Why anyone would take parenting advice from this man is beyond me.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Seriously  -- as serious as I can get about anything to do with Hubbard -- the silent birth thing is probably one of the most sensible basic ideas he obviously ripped off from others, along with basic Freudian talk therapy.

However, Hubbard's theories about the meaning of words themselves imprinting or causing engrams in newborns. Oh please! Freaking huckster has to put his own clammy, Xenu-twist on everything, and the clams fall for it! "He's a genius."

For someone to buy into the whole load of baloney that Sciloontology is, because a silent birth makes some sense... What can you say?

Bob
Bob

Well I can see how apparently loud birth had an effect on you, cause you are an A-Hole. Its like seriously. This girl is excited about how she had a successful birth and is happy and you automatically use it as a chance to make fun of her. Oh wow can't you feel her excitement. I assure you this is not exaggerated, she is really that excited. She obviously is determined to clear the planet. Absorb her inspirational words...

You guys strike me as the last type of person I would talk to if I needed advice or help on something. Not that you're wrong in your assumptions of certian things, you are just A-holes. Tony Oretga is like a big class clown just insulting people. And I didn't find it ammusing at all how you changed you're name. I swear I would help the Scientologists out just to spite you guys.

Anon
Anon

Babies do not gain the ability to hear only upon birth. What about the months preceding that? Do pregnant scientologists maintain a cone of silence prior to birth also? Seems to me picking the moment of birth is somewhat arbitrary.

Where is the research supporting this policy?

Mike
Mike

Yes, trauma=bonding.  Now I get it!

Scientia
Scientia

"The ONLY people that would..." (snip)

Logic 6, dude.

candace6
candace6

As opposed to "good guys" like Rex Fowler and Jan Eastgate?

Guest
Guest

 Well Louanne, you have a DWI so you have a criminal crime, right?

Guest
Guest

As has been pointed out before, the "good guys" that are protesting $cientology typically know more about your faith than you do, GOFOR.  They know all the grimy details.  You have to keep in mind it's easy to find Hubbard's lectures on the internet.  Oh, by the way, he's nuts.

bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

theres an exodus..the only new influx is a few hundred Members of the Nation of Islam being forced to study Dianetics at the demand of Louis Farrakhan and thats not going to well

bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

Yea come on Jim! any one can follow Hubbard's lead and give themselves a fake PhD..claim they were the first Nuclear physicist..claim they were awarded  Military service medals that don't exist....claim they were involved in founding Jet Propulsion Labratories..claim they invented modern music....claim they were run over by a Venusian train and survived...

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Come on Jim --- anyone can discover anything (even you). Don't be so negative.

Arielle
Arielle

Well, you know. Tony gotta be a balanced journalist and be nice to Scientology at least sometimes.

MarkStark
MarkStark

When the cult publishes an article about silent birth, they get mostly critics, but  they do it to attract an audience that wouldn't have otherwise noticed them, or thought of Scientology. The cult would like to have everyone believe they are all about happy, healthy families, and all good things. They are sweet, optimistic, thoughtful, fun-loving happy, fuzzy, warm, enthusiastic people, when they aren't tied down in a basement, dying from a bogus "rundown."

Tony has taken on some of the most challenging in-depth news stories that there have ever been about this cult, like over ten years ago, when he did the Graham Berry vs. Moxon story. What was it, 20 pages or something, and a story other people just would not touch.

Anyway, nothing wrong with challenging their theories about silent birth, because some people do not read comments. I say keep it going right into the Reitman book hitting bookstore shelves.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Glibby--- a man's brilliance is determined by his accomplishment, not who he sleep with. I find it rather funny that the people of this site drum up that Scientology is secretive, yet somehow all of you see to know everything about all of the secrets and Hubbard's sex life -- all with extraordinary precision. You guys are gods of the internet.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Glibby---- We take parenting advice from Hubbard because it is helpful and because it works.

PamEllis
PamEllis

And don't forget his second wife was not legal as he had failed to divorce his first wife before marrying Sara Northrup.  But somehow, this was Sara's fault.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

MarkStark--- LRH has made it entirely clear that his research follows other human knowledge -- some of which addressed the same things he did. Please don't make it sound like he is stealing from others while pretending it was all his own idea.

Scientology is a collection of things that work and a development of new things that work.

Guest
Guest

Yes, please, help the scientologists!  That's what it's critics are trying to do.  Save them from a schizphrenic, vindictive organization that want to bankrupt it's members, and take their children's tuition money.

guest
guest

Many mothers have gone through the same scenario of being told it may be a long time and then quickly popped a kid. This success story is lame. IMO, it has nothing to do with scientology, dianetics or any other beliefs from the fringe; It's nature. 

Are LRH's words the answer to everything?

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

 Like you're not a Scientologist, LOL

Guest
Guest

 Hey OSA, why are you referring to Scientologists in the third person?

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Anon--- Any time a mother gets injured (especially in certain areas) the baby potentially is injured to some degree. I would recommend not talking over the mother if possible until she has out of pain.

Scientia
Scientia

One's birth is considered engramic as it contains stress and physical pain.

It is a philosophical approach based opn Dianetic theory, however the idea of birth trauma and its emotional effects actually predates Hubbard.

Google prenatal psychology and the works of Otto Rank and Nandor Fodor.

Mark Miglio
Mark Miglio

Taking sides out of context is black propaganda. You guys are expert at it, but that is nothing to be proud of.

John
John

Mark, The ability to discover and having an education are two different things. Being a science fiction writer does not give you the credentials to be practicing medicine. Go to a higher learning institution, educate yourself and guess what Mark ? You will "discover" just how crazy and ignorant you are.  

bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

year like Hubbards  barly water formula  for babies.. all that corn syrup Isn't healthy at all....it rots the teeth...Hey Scientology why not give a baby CocaCola!

MarkStark
MarkStark

It was his first wife's fault too. She "pulled it in." She pulled the other woman in Hubbard's life, so he'd be unfaithful. Obviously, many of these women in Hubbard's life did not have the advantages of a silent birth themselves, because they kept forcing Hubbard to cheat on them.

Poor Mary Sue must have had a noisy birth full of engram-imprinting words, which is why she conducted an operation to infiltrate a government office, got caught and sent to jail, bad apple that she was.

Hubbard himself wasn't born. He was part of the forces which helped create the Universe.

Bob
Bob

Thats not the point. Its how Tony used a totally positive story and smeared this girl in an attempt to smear Scientology instead of just going for the subject. What he did was juvenile and low.

Bob
Bob

Like you're not Anonymous.

Bob
Bob

Man you are so dumb. Like seriously.

Guest
Guest

 Terryeo, you are an expert at getting pwned for telling lies and talking out of the side of your mouth, and then changing your nickname after the pwnage.

Guest
Guest

OK, let's say I know about your religion.  Is that "black propaganda"?????

bubblesthechimp
bubblesthechimp

Hubbard claims he was a Doctor..also a desert topping and a floor wax!

Scientia
Scientia

Agreed Jim, although I do think you're being a wee bit dramatic. This has been in practice for over fifty years. I have yet to hear of any "tragic situations" resulting from this, have you? I would guess the reason for that is because those involved are appropriately drilled and prepared for any eventuality. Common sense also goes a long way, too :) Please also consider that it is not a "rule" that must be adhered to word for word. Whilst it aligns with Preventative Dianetics theory, it is not absolute. If an engram is picked up during birth it can still be audited as and when in later life.

Guest
Guest

Yes, you are illegally practicing medicine without a license when you tell mothers what to do during the birthing process.  You are following the recommendations of a known pathologic liar, and to use his advice to influence the birthing process is ridiculous. 

Jim
Jim

To compare Hubbard with Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre, and Albert Camus is silly. Scientia, have you ever given birth ? I am sure would want the doctor's to be able to speak openly if complications arise. The new infant needs to hear it's mother's voice it is a part of the bonding process. Practicing medicine based on theory/philosophy with no science is very dangerous. This is how you end up with tragic situations-such as the sweat lodge deaths that made the headlines recently. Scienta, I do appreciate your ability to debate without insult so I respect your opinion. We will just have to agree to disagree.

Scientia
Scientia

Since when did not speaking during birth become "practicing medicine"? Are you suggesting the medical profession has a monopoly on "being quiet"?

This is an approach based on psychological (see the works of Otto Rank and Nandor Fodor) and philosophical theory. Sure, Hubbard was a novelist. Big deal. Should we dismiss the works of Jean-Paul Sartre, Iris Murdoch, William Godwin, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Ayn Rand and numerous other philosophers simply because they also wrote fiction?

LeoRyan78
LeoRyan78

Well, Pam you also forget that Sara was a Communist, according to Hubbard.  Of course according to Sara, Hubbard was a paranoid schizophrenic.  According to his one of his mistresses, Barbara Klowden, he was manic depressive.  

Obviously, he knew something about loud births being harmful.

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