One month after she and her husband John Travolta welcomed their son Benjamin into the world, Kelly Preston is hoping to clear up some of the misconceptions about the Scientology practice of “silent births.”
“Silent birth is basically just no words as much as possible,” Kelly tells Today show correspondent Natalie Morales. “If you need to moan, if you need to cry out… of course that’s normal. But, it’s just bringing them in, in as peaceful and gentle a way as possible.”
The Jerry Maguire star goes on to say that their silent births have affected her kids’ personalities: “My kids have always been amazing. Just very calm, very peaceful, happy and I absolutely know it’s very much because of that.”
Revealing that they tried to conceive for 3 years, Kelly, 48, wasn’t worried about having another baby so late in life, explaining, “I didn’t (consider this risks). I just considered that it was difficult.”
Benjamin’s birth comes just two years after the the couple’s 16-year-old son Jett‘s tragic death.
“It’s been wonderfully healing. Of course, you know, we still — it’s still every day,” Kelly shares. “But it’s been, I think, a really nice gift for a lot of people throughout the world. We’ve gotten the most beautiful letters. And the most beautiful notes of happiness. And I think — just sort of a sigh of relief, a bit. And that’s been really nice to sort of share that with people.”