Muting the Screaming Headlines for TomKat's Baby
April 18, 2006

Tom Cruise's fiancée, Katie Holmes, gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl, on Tuesday. And much of the talk surrounding the birth centered on Tom and Katie's Scientology beliefs and the silent birth.

Anne Archer, a practicing Scientologist of 30 years, came to "Extra" to set the record straight about the silent birth.

Although Archer said her religion prefers a quiet environment for delivery, there are no rules about complete silence. "Let's be real," Anne said. "Nobody's saying anything about, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God! She said something!'" Anne revealed, calling the notion silly.

In fact, Archer and her producer husband, Terry Jastrow, delivered their second child the Scientology way. And to their surprise, it went smoother than expected. "It was much smoother," Anne said, adding, "We did try to keep as quiet as possible; we weren't completely successful, but we did the best we could."

Anne is finally speaking out to defend the Church of Scientology that she says changed her life forever from her very first visit. "I remember walking out of there and walking down the street to my car and thought my feet weren't touching the pavement," she recalled. "I thought, ‘My God, this is the happiest I've ever been in my life.'"

Now Archer hopes to put to rest all the misinformation about Tom and Katie's upcoming baby. So who will join them in the room?

"Scientologists are just like everybody else," she said. "There are no rules. It's your personal decision and choice."

And what about the rumors that there's no talking for a week? "I had never heard that," Anne said.

Anne was also surprised to hear the rumor that there is no exam for newborns. "My kids had exams, they did all the normal things," she said. "I have never heard that in my life."

She emphasized, "It's between the mother and her physician about what is done medically."

Finally, Anne said if you Daddy Cruise was giddy before Katie's Tuesday birth, the best has yet to come: "He's way up there in his zest and love for life, and I think that's infectious, and I think he'll give that to his kids."

And now that thier new bundle of joy has arrived, proud pops can shower his baby with love day and night. One thing is certain: the whole world will be watching.

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