Ladies, hands behind your backs and do shut up

Apologies in advance for more Tom Cruise news but this one's more than just celeb gossip. But first...

Magpie writes: "Sometimes we're amazed by what the mainstream press doesn't consider significant. For example, the fact that 20 US states allow the shackling of women prisoners during labor and delivery. And the fact that California just enacted a law to forbid this practice." The article she refers to notes:


"The United Nations has established minimum rules for treatment of prisoners and California has not been following them," stated [Assemblymember Sally Lieber, the law's author].... "It is inconceivable in this day and age, that human beings would be shackled while giving birth."
And then this, about the approaching birth of the Cruise/Holmes baby:
"Tom and Katie are likely to follow the church's "silent birth" guidelines during delivery, which means no music and no talking during the birth, which also means no screaming during the pains of labor."
That's right ladies, take it like men!

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This letter just arrived from a reader: "It is exceedingly important that the newborn be exposed to the mother's vocal vibration immediately upon its sudden movement from its former low frequency environs to its new high frequency environs. This is the initial and, perhaps the most improtant step in the chain of bonding! There is no excuse for silence in these circumstances. Nature has provided well for these circumstances." (Pacific Views)

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