Preston: Why Scientology Moms Shut Up in Labor

Kelly gives first interview since birth of Benjamin

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2011 3:37 AM CST

(Newser) – John Travolta's wife gave birth to new son Benjamin in total silence because that's what Scientology demands, right? Well, sort of. "It's just no words as much as possible. If you need to moan, if you cry out or all of that, of course, that's normal," Kelly Preston said on the Today Show. "But just bringing them in as peaceful and gentle a way as possible." Why? She explains, somewhat confusingly, that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard found that "stress, fears, worry, things like that have to do with the reactive mind and in that part of the mind is different words and commands that can come back to affect you later in life."

And she thinks that birthing approach works: "My kids have always been very calm, very peaceful, happy, and I absolutely know that it's very much because of that." In the rest of the interview, Preston goes on to talk about the baby's chosen name (Benjamin is "gentle"), her age (she didn't consider the risks), and her new film. Click for more from the interview.

Actor Kelly Preston arrives for the screening of Casino Jack in Toronto last year.
Actor Kelly Preston arrives for the screening of "Casino Jack" in Toronto last year.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Kelly Preston appears at a Los Angeles event last year with hubby John Travolta.
Kelly Preston appears at a Los Angeles event last year with hubby John Travolta.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello/file)
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