53 responses to A Midwife In Amish Country: Your Question Suggestions For Author Kim Osterholzer (Giveaway & Excerpt)
  • How does your experience with the Amish compare to the PBS program, "Call the Midwife"?

    Kim, I’m a big fan of the British program, “Call the Midwife”, broadcast in the USA on PBS. I’ve also read the three books that inspired the series.

    Are you familiar with this program? How do your experiences with the Amish compare with midwifery in the dock neighborhoods of London in the 1950-60 era? Both types of homes lack many of the modern conveniences.


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    Tedd Cammack
    Comment on Attending (August 31st, 2018 at 14:22)


    Do Neighbouring women also attend the birth with assisitance to you

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    kim hansen
    Comment on Hospital (August 31st, 2018 at 14:30)


    Do you ever have a high risk patient that you need to refer to a specialist? Have you ever had to send a woman to the hospital because there could be problems with the birth?

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    jim boles
    Comment on questions (August 31st, 2018 at 14:46)


    What is the backup plan should the birth process get complicated unexpectedly?

    How are arrangements made to insure that emergencies can be handled efficiently?

    What type of education process occurs for the Amish couple before birth about the process?

    Does the father or other family members attend?

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    Vickey Cordoba
    Comment on Intersting (August 31st, 2018 at 14:57)


    I read a few short sentences and was very interested to learn that Amish families struggle also. I don’t want to read further because I want to read the book. My question is, is it pretty common for their to be such struggles and how can they afford to pay you with no insurance. My apologies typing this on my phone 🙁

  • Hi Kim
    I was wondering if any young unmarried women out of wedlock have children? I know sometimes they are shunned, but are some forgiven and have their child in the parents home ?
    Thank you

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    Irene Hardin
    Comment on Question (August 31st, 2018 at 15:30)


    Hello, I love and appreciate the way that the Amish have chosen to live their lives but I do have a question, when everything goes wrong in your life, nothing seems to go right and it never changes, how do you deal with that? How do you attempt to turn your situation around? I’m hoping im not being to forward with my question and I thank you for answering.

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    Stephanie H.
    Comment on Celebrations for the Baby (August 31st, 2018 at 16:01)

    Celebrations for the Baby

    Does the Amish have any celebrations for the baby before/after it arrives?

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    Laurie Dekindt
    Comment on Getting to know you (August 31st, 2018 at 16:15)

    Getting to know you

    I remember when I was pregnant I wanted 5o know the doctor who would be delivering my baby. It made me trust him and made me feel safer for me and for my growing baby. Do you try to know the women you deliver? Do they ask for visits before the birth? If you do, I can only imagine the friendships you must gain both before and after the delivery.

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    Comment on Emergencies (August 31st, 2018 at 16:37)


    I had a uterine atony after giving birth to my first child, but as I was at a hospital, I was able to get immediate care, including a blood transfusion. I was wondering if you have ever seen this kind of complication and what you did. Were you able to transfer to a hospital or were you able to treat it at home?
    Thanks for having this Q&A, its really interesting to get a glimpse into Amish life.

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    Pam Colle
    Comment on A Midwife In Amish Country: A question for Author Kim Osterholzer (August 31st, 2018 at 17:41)

    A Midwife In Amish Country: A question for Author Kim Osterholzer

    What has been the hardest delivery for you and what made you
    want to become a Midwife for the Amish?

    Thank you

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    Comment on Other Amish Communities (August 31st, 2018 at 18:13)

    Other Amish Communities

    Have you visited other Amish communities, and did you find them as poor as the one that you described in this passage?

  • Do you lose many babies? If so how do they deal with it?

  • Are you ever too late?? and the baby has already come??? I am a volunteer emergency medical responder and i know that one lady had already had her baby….i have never been more scared in my life lol…But considering i have not had kids of my own i had no idea what to expect lol…

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    Rachel Rigsby
    Comment on Curious (August 31st, 2018 at 19:22)


    When you were a young girl did you think that you were going to be a midwife and How do you learn about midwifery.

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    Beth Clark
    Comment on Who is at the birth (August 31st, 2018 at 19:49)

    Who is at the birth

    Are family members present at the birth?

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    Amy Beth McPherson
    Comment on Apprenticeship (August 31st, 2018 at 20:07)


    From the short intro, it seems like your apprenticeship was 10 years. If I am reading this accurately, why was it so long? And what was your background prior to this? Or did you go straight into midwifery?
    I look forward to reading this book.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Book Cover (August 31st, 2018 at 20:29)

    Book Cover

    This is probably as lovely of a book cover that I’ve ever seen. My question is:

    Is the baby on the cover a true amish little girl?

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    Kathy Baumbusch
    Comment on Your Patients (August 31st, 2018 at 20:45)

    Your Patients

    I was wondering if the majority of your patients were Schwartzentruber Amish, since the way you described their living conditions sounds so extremely plain. Thank you!

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    Lucia Hopple
    Comment on Amish Midwife or midwife to the Amish? (August 31st, 2018 at 21:05)

    Amish Midwife or midwife to the Amish?

    I have had the honor of attending about 15 home births as a support person for the laboring mother. Two of my children were born at home with a lay midwife. My niece is a registered midwife,just starting her career at a birthing center and expecting her first child next month. So I do understand the kind of service and commitment this kind of work does require. I am wondering if you are Amish and if not, is it possible for an Amish woman to be a midwife and thus, to be available for this kind of service to others?
    I look forward to reading your book. Thank you,

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    Marilyn Brown
    Comment on What kind (August 31st, 2018 at 21:33)

    What kind

    I noticed you mentioned the lady calling you and the two of you taking a ride in a car. Just wondering what branch of the Amish was she? We have a small community of Amish near us and all I see are big houses and barns. It’s hard to imagine people living like that, but I’m sure they do the best they can with what they have. I agree about the cover, and I can’t wait to read the book.

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    Gretchen E.
    Comment on Attributes in midwifery (August 31st, 2018 at 21:34)

    Attributes in midwifery

    What attributes do you think make for a great midwife? Was there ever a time you thought, “nevermind, this isn’t for me”?

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    Suzanne Sellner
    Comment on Question (August 31st, 2018 at 21:37)


    It sounded in the early part of this blog that you trained as a midwife and were with the Amish for a decade. Do you still work as a midwife, and, if so, do you serve the Amish community or the non-Amish community? Do the midwives provide follow-up care for the babies or just work with the mothers and babies until the babies are born? Your book sounds fascinating!

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    Alice Gober
    Comment on Training & Calling (August 31st, 2018 at 22:02)

    Training & Calling

    When and how were you called to become a midwife?

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    Pat Thompson
    Comment on A Midwife In Amish Country: Celebrating God’s Gift of Life (August 31st, 2018 at 22:29)

    A Midwife In Amish Country: Celebrating God’s Gift of Life

    I have been fascinated with Amish life. How soon during a pregnancy does a woman know she is having trouble, and is she allowed to go to a hospital from then until birth?

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    Carolyn Taylor
    Comment on Breech Presentation (September 1st, 2018 at 02:09)

    Breech Presentation

    Have ou had to manually turn a breech around? If so, did you do it externally? How difficult is it to get enough water to wash the newborn with?

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    Anna Lindblom
    Comment on Ethics (September 1st, 2018 at 04:14)


    My question:

    Did you ever, as a midwife, find yourself in a situation where you had to review or even change your ethics regarding pregnancy/birth/postpartum?

    Best regards,

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    Jennifer Babcock
    Comment on Fun Memory (September 1st, 2018 at 05:12)

    Fun Memory

    What are some of your funniest moments while being a midwife?

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    Vivian Furbay
    Comment on A Midwife In Amish Country (September 1st, 2018 at 05:31)

    A Midwife In Amish Country

    Reading the chapter from your book was a real eye opener. After reading Amish fiction and seeing all the neat farms on Keeping up with the Amish, these people really need Jesus in their lives.

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    Alex Knisely
    Comment on Question: If you were to... (September 1st, 2018 at 07:03)

    Question: If you were to...

    …if you were to encounter Mrs Eicher, or Mrs Schwartz — the two Indiana Amishwomen who recently have been in trouble for practising midwifery — say, in the aisles at the Geneva, IN, Wal-Mart — what would you say to them? If you were to reach out to them, as colleague to colleague, what would you say to them?

  • What preparations would a typical Amish woman make in her home for a home birth?

  • What made you decide to become a midwife? Do you enjoy being a midwife?

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    Diane Paulson
    Comment on I Feel Sad . . . (September 1st, 2018 at 08:04)

    I Feel Sad . . .

    after reading the excerpt of your story. We’re headed off to Holmes County for our first visit and well, you can imagine after years of reading Amish fiction, I’m not imagining them living like you wrote. Reality check. Thanks. What is your biggest blessing of having worked with the Amish for so long, so hard?

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      Comment on Amish standards of living vary widely (September 1st, 2018 at 09:53)

      Amish standards of living vary widely

      I’ll just jump in to say that there is a lot of variety in the material conditions seen in different Amish communities.

      In the plainer and less prosperous communities you are more likely to encounter what Kim describes. You see Amish living in shop homes and without a lot of the trappings that you might find in a less plain community.

      There are also many Amish who live in traditional homes which have many creature comforts and in many ways resemble non-Amish homes. Have a look at the photos on these posts for examples: http://amishamerica.com/look-inside-an-ohio-amish-home/

      And here’s one on the plainer side: http://amishamerica.com/look-inside-swartzentruber-amish-home/

      In Holmes County, likely the most diverse Amish community in terms of different Amish groups, you’ll find the very plainest Amish which may even live more plainly than what Kim describes here, and some Amish which you might consider quite “fancy”, and everything in between.

  • Well, THAT chapter does not describe life in our community. Not one of our relatives or friends or neighbors lives like that! I’d be pretty horrified to step into a situation like she describes. But does it exist? Sure does! But I will say the same thing over and over — not all communities or groups are the same! And i am thankful for that.

    I’ll go home thankful for our bathrooms and battery lamps and good health and the common sense to ignore superstition for education and grateful that Jesus Christ is my Savior.

    I’m ready to start reading the book… in my recliner in our clean living room. 😉 You know how to catch a reader’s interest Kim!

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    Comment on Still a midwife? (September 1st, 2018 at 10:11)

    Still a midwife?

    I would guess by reading all of the above that you are no longer acting as an apprentice midwife. Is there a reason why you quit? I also love the cover of your book and am very anxious to read it.

  • I’ve read the excerpt and want more! What happens next?!

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on Amish Midwife (September 1st, 2018 at 12:44)

    Amish Midwife

    How old was the youngest patient you had to deliver a baby for?
    Were there complications with that case?

    Would love to win book. So enjoy reading about the Amish.

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    Comment on twins and triplets (September 1st, 2018 at 20:41)

    twins and triplets

    How do you handle twins and more , What was your reaction when you knew when the mother was only carrying one and two or three babies came?

  • A Midwife In Amish Country: Your Questions Suggestions For Author Kim Osterhholzer (Giveway & Excerpt)

    What was the oldest woman that you helped give birth?

  • Living with the pig sty so close makes me wonder about the stench and sanitary conditions. Are infections a problem in these situations?

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    Comment on Moment (September 3rd, 2018 at 11:24)


    Did you ever have one moment where you rethought what you were doing, and considered leaving being a midwife for the Amish?
    If so, what was that moment?
    Thank you 🙂

  • Do you treat others besides the Amish?

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    Comment on Blessings (September 6th, 2018 at 08:33)


    Blessings to you for all the beautiful babies you have delivered. God bless you!❤️

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    Comment on Blessings (September 6th, 2018 at 08:34)


    Blessings to you for all the beautiful babies you have delivered. Would love to read your book.

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    Comment on Blessings (September 6th, 2018 at 08:35)


    Blessings to you for all the beautiful babies you have delivered.

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    Comment on Braids on cover (September 9th, 2018 at 19:05)

    Braids on cover

    What is the significance of the braids on the baby on the cover? I haven’t seen that before. Is that a common Amish baby hairstyle?

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    Comment on Family planning (September 12th, 2018 at 17:16)

    Family planning

    Is family planning allowed in the Amish communities where you work? Do you advise on that? Have you seen woman whose health was harmed by having too many children?

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    Elizabeth Balaban
    Comment on Helping also for the Amish Community (September 13th, 2018 at 00:07)

    Helping also for the Amish Community

    I would love to help in the Amish Community, How can I help deliver babies. I am only a Medical Missionary and only do natural remedies that God has made from the ground. Can you use my gift that God has given me? If so please email me.


    A Watchwoman on the Wall

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    Comment on Australian Amish Afficinado (September 20th, 2018 at 02:47)

    Australian Amish Afficinado

    Do you need to be a Registered Nurse or equivalent to be a midwife?

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    Bernice DiVincenzo
    Comment on Question (September 20th, 2018 at 18:58)


    Are any Amish children ever allowed to witness the birth of a sibling? I don’t mean very young children, but those old enough to understand.

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