Press reports cite L. Ron Hubbard as having said that the mother should not speak to the child after birth for a number of days, and a sentence which purports to be from Preventive Dianetics saying that the baby should be wrapped in a soft blanket tightly and left alone for a day or two. Does this have grounding in Scientology texts, and is that an actual quote from L. Ron Hubbard?

You know, I looked up that quote the other day, and first of all I’ll tell that you can’t believe what you read in the newspapers, because I’ve talked to the guy who made up the first story in the Daily News that was widely reported, he said he couldn’t reach anybody. I don’t know why he couldn’t call me.

In fact, I looked up that particular quote and it appears in an article written by L. Ron Hubbard in the ‘50s, and when you read the full article it’s pretty clear that the idea is that the child should be left alone in the sense that he shouldn’t be badgered, that he and the mother deserve the greatest respect. They shouldn’t be bugged, they shouldn’t be hassled, especially in the time immediately after birth.

Tom and Katie are apparently having their baby at home. Is this something they’ve chosen as a couple to do, or is there some basis in Scientology for making this choice?

I can’t comment on what Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes did or what their plans are at all. I can tell you that there are Scientologists who choose to have their children at home, and others who choose to have them in birthing rooms at hospitals- and again, it depends on the medical situation. Decisions are made between the mother and the doctor, so depending on what the birth situation is it may be better to just do it in a hospital.

To get back to this question of language and the negative effect that language can have, what if the people in the delivery room, let’s say, were chanting words of love and encouragement, or simply chanting the word “love” over and over again, would that have a favorable imprinting effect on the reactive mind, or do Scientologists not distinguish between the kinds of words and the way in which they are spoken at this moment?

The 'Reactive Mind'
Once again, you can find this all covered in Dianetics, and I would certainly advise that. But the short answer is this: that words that are entered into the reactive mind that are undergoing pain and unconsciousness, those words have a power of command over the individual instead of being something that they can think with. If you were going to separate what’s analytical and what information you have read in books, that you’ve studied, that you’ve heard from friends, that you’ve examined for yourself, information you can think with, and this stuff in the reactive mind, which has power of command over you, which makes you sad or happy or have a headache or a pain in the leg, regardless of what makes sense.

In Scientology, and in Dianetics, we are trying to restore to the individual his or her own determination, his or her own determinism, his or her own ability to think with the information they observe and then to be able to solve problems and survive better. If you enter into a person’s mind, the reactive mind, even suggestions like “love” or “it’s all going to be all right” or “don’t worry” or similar commands, those are still commands. It’s still a kind of hypnotism, if you like, and we’re very opposed to the idea of overcoming somebody else’s ability to solve their problems by instilling commands. That’s the idea that there should be a quiet birth, that it should be gentle, that there shouldn’t be shouldn’t be things entered into the whole process.

So even after the birth, then, in a delivery room, it’s important for people to refrain from speaking?

Yes. They should be relatively calm and so forth, and once again, you know, some Scientologists, some women have an arrangement with their spouse, with the doctor or the midwife, to do hand signals, for instance, for things that they think are going to come up. Others have a more informal situation, but, once again, it’s a principle being applied, and I’ve had many Scientology mothers convinced that their children are especially happy and healthy. It seems to them to be a healthy and alert- they really believe that that’s a result of the application of this principle.

Another quote that is widely circulated as the world awaits this baby of this celebrity couple to be born is a quote, again, attributed to L.
Ron Hubbard that a doctor, or doctors, should not examine the baby for several days after its birth. Is that an accurate reflection of what L. Ron Hubbard actually said? Is it a quote from one of his works?

I can tell you that all these medical decisions are made between the mother and the doctor, and it’s obvious that it’s important to keep in touch with the mother just from a medical viewpoint. So if some sort of quote has been made up to that effect it’s not the same experience as Scientology and Dianetics as applied in gentle birth.