Having a baby is not a walk in the park. It’s not like meditating. I’ve been there, and to me all that delivering-the-baby-in-silence Scientology crap that Tom Cruise has been talking about is deranged. If you’ve been there in the room during birth (as I have, twice), and you know what a mother goes through, the notion that loud vocal exclamations are bad for the baby’s spirit is totally diseased. Cruise has been quoted as saying that “scientifically it is proven…now there are medical research papers that say when a woman’s giving birth, everyone should be quiet.” He apparently told GQ magazine that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard determined making a noise had a “negative spiritual effect” on someone giving birth. And yet he allowed that partner Katie Holmes will be allowed to scream. “It is really about respecting the woman,” he said. “It’s not about her screaming.” Let me understand this correctly. Cruise has given permission to Holmes to shout out during childbirth…right? Wow. That’s damn decent of him.