Katie Facing Cult's 'Silent Birth'
Date: October 7, 2005
by Grant Rollings
Tom's girl banned from crying in pain
Batman actress Katie, 26, announced she is expecting on Wednesday night and is known to be taking lessons in the cult, which fiance Tom follows devotedly.
The Sun can reveal that the controversial organisation believes pregnant women must remain silent during childbirth and shun painkilling drugs.
War of The Worlds star Tom, 43, has often spoken out against the use of certain medical drugs.
Cult members believe it is traumatic for babies to hear their mothers scream or groan while giving birth.
Hubbard also wrote: "The delivery should carry as little anaesthetic as possible."
But Sun doctor Carole Cooper said: "It's a crazy idea, a terrible way to treat a pregnant woman. It is quite natural to cry out when you are in pain.
"And why suffer? Pain during labour can just make it last longer."
Katie is thought to be three months' pregnant.
She had famously vowed to remain a virgin until her wedding night.
But The Sun revealed yesterday that Scientologists had urged her to get pregnant as soon as she and Tom were engaged.
Ethan is second at 9-2, with Ron, after Tom's hero Hubbard, third at 6-1.
Katie's Catholic roots mean an Irish name is expected if the child is a girl.
Cathleen, her mother's name is 5-1 favourite, followed by Marie and Angelica at joint 6-1.