With Kelly Preston pregnant, the press was eager to find out how she would give birth. The Kelly Preston pregnancy also drew criticism, since it was said to follow Scientology guidelines. The church carries out “silent births,” with music, talking and screaming prohibited during the process. For critics, this procedure is yet another way for people to make fun of, or criticize, Scientology practices. Yet no matter how the pregnancy ended, it did ultimately end with her giving birth to a new son yesterday.
According to People Magazine, Preston and John Travolta welcomed a healthy baby boy in Florida last night. His name is Benjamin, and he came in at 8 lbs., 3 oz..
The pregnancy came under heavy scrutiny at the end, with speculation over when the baby would come and how it would be delivered. Scientology teachings stress a “silent birth,” which is just one of their many controversial elements.
The procedure is exactly what it sounds like, as no one can talk, scream or play any music or television. Even the expectant mother is quiet, although being pregnant is hardly a quiet occasion – especially when the baby comes. Yet Scientologist mothers usually find a way to suppress their pain, at least out loud.
In Preston’s last pregnancy, she reportedly couldn’t handle the silent birth after 13 hours of labor, yet it was too late to drive her to a hospital. A source told PopEater that she was determined to follow Scientology guidelines this time.
There is no official word on how the birthing process went, as they just say that it happened in a Florida hospital. But no matter how it went, it happened successfully, and was the climax of a very hard period for the family.
Preston got pregnant soon after a devastating tragedy, when her son, Jett, died from a seizure almost two years ago. Since then, she and Travolta have focused on having a new child, as her mother told US Magazine that it helped them “out of such deep grief.”
The last two years have been difficult for the family, as they were even targeted for extortion after their son’s death. Yet the light at the end of the tunnel was their new baby, and now it has finally arrived – regardless of the methods.
Now that the third pregnancy is over, Preston and Travolta have a second child again, along with their daughter, Ella Bleu.
People- “John Travolta and Kelly Preston Welcome a Son”
PopEater- “Travolta and Preston Gearing Up for ‘Silent Birth”
US Magazine- “John Travolta, Kelly Preston Welcome Baby Boy!”