On what basis did Hubbard reach these conclusions?

L. Ron Hubbard's Theory
He had cases--hundreds of cases already--and since then there have been many thousands more cases and any individual can in fact read Dianetics and see that, as a general principle, people are under the effect of a great number of these recordings in their reactive minds. And the most amazing thing possibly is that when you get rid of--that is to say, a person goes back into the reactive mind and finds these times of pain and unconsciousness, and views what they were, and finds the words, and thus is able to see them in an analytical way--that is to say a way in which they can think about these things.

Thus, they no longer have the reactive influence and, as a result, people who have gone through the process of Dianetics find themselves happier, with greater respect for themselves; they can solve their own problems more easily. That’s what I think all Scientology mothers, in fact all parents, want to see for their children, that the child will grow up able to be independent, able to be ethical, be able to make decisions for themselves, and to be able to solve their own problems. All that is hindered by the reactive mind.

 

What is the father’s role in the birth process?

The Father's Role
The hard work is unfortunately given to the mother, and I think that’s the way it is no matter what your religion is. I have been present myself during a gentle birth--a quiet birth, that’s what we really call it--and my wife asked me to just keep things as quiet and calm as possible, and I did everything possible in that way.

So Scientologists prefer the term “gentle birth” rather than “silent birth”?

Really, I think “quiet birth” is the better term. If the mother--you should understand, the basic principle is this: that all women, that all children deserve the greatest respect and care, and that’s where silence at birth comes in. That’s what birth is about. As I say, the mother will--some mothers, whether they’re Scientologists or not, find it possible to be completely quiet or grunt during birth. Others make loud noises, and no one expects the mother to do anything but what she feels is the right thing to do at that point.

So if the mother decides to abandon being quiet partway through the labor, there would be no sense that she had failed or that she was deserving of people’s criticism?

No. You see, once again, that’s confusing Scientology with other religions. Scientology is a set of principles that people use to improve their lives, and if a person, if a parent for example, wants to have an independent child and so forth, they need to encourage that in their child, but there’s no police going around and encouraging people to be independent. Scientology’s all about freedom of thought, making your own decisions anyway, so it’s not a matter of ritual it’s a matter of principles. And the principles, as Scientologists see when they’re practically applied, and they’re well applied, lead to good results. But no one is forced, and no one would ever be forced, to follow Scientologist principles, because that wouldn’t be Scientology.

Is there only thought that the absence of words is beneficial from this perspective you’ve already described, or is there some spiritual component to the atmosphere of silence that is advocated?

A Spiritual Component?
Really, it’s a practical thing, and it’s a matter of practical results. As I’m sure you’re aware, L. Ron Hubbard isn’t the only one who’s talked about the desirability of having a quiet, calm, relaxed birth. There’s the Bradley method, and the French obstetrician Frederic Le Boyer, who both have talked about this whole manner. And these things came about in the 60s and 70s, but they’re still very much in use by people. It makes a lot of sense, if you talk to especially midwives, but many doctors as well, they will tell you it’s a natural thing to want a calm, quiet space for the mother to give birth.

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