22 responses to Amish Birthing Centers
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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 09:15)

    I see around my way Erik birthing center’s that i know cater to most of the plain folks in my community and Lancaster county, and i went inside one to give it a look. And it looked more comfortable and cozy compared to a hospital, so i can see the Amish wanting to go there very much. Richard

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    Fran Handrick
    Comment on Amish Birthing Centres (March 5th, 2012 at 09:21)

    Amish Birthing Centres

    A friend sent me a book ‘The Gentle Art’ which tells about a midwife who trained in Scotland and then went to work in Lancaster County among the Amish women there in the eighties. It’s by Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman. Penny is the midwife. I think it may now have another title but second-hand copies may still be available.

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    Comment on 19th century medical practice is better than none at all (March 5th, 2012 at 09:40)

    19th century medical practice is better than none at all

    Considering how many babies are delivered by NYS Troopers in cars because so many rural areas are so far from a hospital, a birthing center in the community is probably a better idea than some people think.

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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Im looking for anyone who knows about puppy mills, either Amish or English owned... (March 5th, 2012 at 09:49)

    Im looking for anyone who knows about puppy mills, either Amish or English owned...

    I hope you dont mind Erik about me asking about the topic of puppy mills, i have a post today on my own blog about them from a old order Mennonite woman and how her town stopped one in particular. I hope to hear from those who might own one or maybe knows one in their area who is one of the good ones, and might like to share a story about it. I think with their reputation puppy mills could maybe use all the help they can get at this point. Thanks Erik. Richard

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 10:33)

    I am always in favour of midwifery. I truly believe that both my deliveries would have been better and less traumatic with a midwife.

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    Lisa King
    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 10:46)

    Amish Birthing Centers

    The name of the book Fran was referring to is “The Midwife’s Story” and it’s great. Midwifery, especially in the Amish communities is such a better alternative to hospital births. My c-section would not have been necessary if I had been attended by a midwife. It is a gentle art and mothers and fathers are instructed in the natural birth process and the atmosphere is more condusive to a calmer, more personal labor and delivery. I firmly believe there would be easier, less invasive births in this country if there were more midwives.

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    Comment on Home births (March 5th, 2012 at 11:49)

    Home births

    Our little ones were both born at home with midwives in attendance. They were both big babies, born near 43 weeks, and had we been under the care of a mainstream obstetrician, we would have been under so much pressure to have labor induced, with all the subsequent risks of intervention rather than natural birth. It was such a blessing to rest and recover at home, and have the babies in my arms at all times. Our midwives were so sweet and gentle and helpful. They become like members of the family. Both of our babies slipped into a routine of sleeping all night from day one, I think because there was no out-of-home stay to disrupt their first days.

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 12:52)

    One of my good friends has eleven healthy children, all born at home except for the eighth, for whom she “heavy labored” for 20 hours before going to the hospital.

    The Amish view every childbirth as a natural event; modern medicine views every childbirth as an emergent illness, requiring immobility, monitors, and medications (all of which are not completely effective in preventing unfavorable events).

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 14:05)

    I read a great book by Dr. Elton Lehman called “House Calls and Hitching Posts”. He eventually started a birthing center in Ohio. I believe his son practices there as well.

    Also another, titled “Dr. Frau” by Dr. Grace Kaiser.

    I’m sorry to bring up an unrelated question:
    Have you heard any reports as to whether any Amish settlements received a lot of damage [or worse] in the heavy storms over the weekend? Thanks.

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      Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 6th, 2012 at 14:51)

      Char I was wondering the same as I noticed a lot of the states hit had significant Amish populations. I have not heard. Looks like a lot of people were killed.

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 14:14)

    I would love to give birth at home (I think, it is my first child) but here in Sweden it can be hard to find midwives who want to attend homebirths and you often need to pay for it yourself while hospital births are always free. Our hospital births are however normally managed by midwives and not doctors but I feel a strong dislike for hospitals and because of a previous bad experience I find it hard to trust hospital staff at all times.

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      Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 6th, 2012 at 09:19)

      Hi Elin,
      I grew up in Sweden and two of our six children (our second and our third) were born there in hospitals. I had good experiences both times and I think that the midwifes have a different outlook than some in the medical field.They really care and love their job which shows in the care they give. With his being your first child I think you should take advantage of the hospital birth. Having a baby is a natural thing of course but it is a comfort to have medical aid available especially until you know how you and your body handle a birth. I had our fifth and sixth child with a wonderful Mennonite midwife in her home based clinic and it was wonderful experience both times.(Our first and fourth child were born in Us hospitals). If you go on to have more children and everything went well the first time I think it would be well worth considering the homebirth option in the future. Good Luck and Best Wishes!

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 14:31)

    Amish Birthing Centers

    I am in full support of Amish Birthing Centers, and other Birthing Centers, as well. It should be the parent’s CHOICE of where they would like their babies born, whichever is the best for them and the mother. Nothing wrong with the natural way, plus having a medical doctor or hospital nearby, if the situation warrants.

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 21:08)

    Birthing Center — sounds like a wonderful way to be born, for everyone, Amish or not.

    Childbirth at its heart is a natural process, not an illness or disease that requires medical intervention. Having a nice birthing center, with trained midwives. In the rare event of complications, ambulances can be summoned.

    This is one Amish idea that is clearly making in roads into the wider community, and for good.

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    Comment on Not sure about midwifery for granny (March 5th, 2012 at 21:14)

    Not sure about midwifery for granny

    My father was born at home, and family lore (so he says anyway) has it he was kept warm near or inside a wood burning stove.
    I don’t know about midwives, older sisters I guess, aunts and neighbors where around for my grandmother, perhaps.
    January babies had it rough in the 1930s [He was older when I arrived, I was a lazy baby, I joke, I let Mom and Dad enjoy most of the 1970s without having a child].

    If you like, pray for him to feel better as he’s currently hospitalized. I’d appreciate it at any rate.

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 5th, 2012 at 21:41)

    I wonder how one *becomes* a midwife, either licensed or unlicensed, in the state of Ohio. I’d think it’d require a lot of education!

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    Comment on I've noticed in Ontario (March 5th, 2012 at 22:06)

    I've noticed in Ontario

    I know I posted earlier and recently, but afterward I got thinking about it, Ontario allows midwifes in the province. I don’t know the details of licensing and training, but I am aware of at least one office that, apparently, a group of midwives operate from. I’ve stood in front of their office many times, in fact I’ve been inside when a service I utilized was in the same office space.
    Optometry and birth are two different things.

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    Comment on Amish Birthing Center (March 8th, 2012 at 07:32)

    Amish Birthing Center

    I think it’s a wonderful idea! I would have live this for having my babies. I had thought of a midwife, but there was none to be found.

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    Melissa H
    Comment on LOVE Midwives!!! (March 8th, 2012 at 21:27)

    LOVE Midwives!!!

    I visited midwives during all 4 of my pregnancies, and I tell any expectant mother (or those who had issues with the drs. during a pregnancy) to go to a midwife. Midwives take time to know you. They treat you more like a long-lost friend than a patient/paycheck. I did have to see drs. during my pregnancies, just in case the midwife was busy when I was in labor, and I HATED it. I spent less time with the drs combined than I did with my midwife during one routine exam.

    Although I used midwives, I delivered in hospitals. I wish I could have delivered in a birthing center, but extremely fast labors, necessary antibiotics, and living in highly urban areas “required” a hospital birth. Even with hospital delieveries 2 of my children were born naturally…something that isn’t heard of often, especially if a doctor is involved!

    I know there are classes available to take if one is interested in becoming a midwife. There are even one or two training/birthing centers especially designed for midwifery (one is in Florida).

    Overall, I think the idea of birthing centers that are sensitive to its clients (double beds for dad to stay over, little or no electric lights, etc) is a great service! What better way to bring a blessing into the world than in a peaceful, comfortable surrounding.

    As always, thanks for the post Erik!

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    Comment on ISO a midwife who caters to mostly 'plain' clients (March 19th, 2012 at 15:44)

    ISO a midwife who caters to mostly 'plain' clients

    I was hoping to locate a midwife who caters to mostly the plain community to whom I can (anonymously) donate some (plain/basic/no design)cloth diapering supplies for her to distribute to clients as she sees the need. I contacted one center in PA just to gauge interest in accepting such a small care package/donation, but have yet to hear back. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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      Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 20th, 2012 at 12:06)

      I would have a contact in Missouri, if that area interests you. Could Erik put us in touch?

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        Comment on Amish Birthing Centers (March 20th, 2012 at 12:12)

        Linda- area is of no matter to me…my desire is simply to get some extra cd supplies I have into the hands of decent honest Plain mommas who can use them… U may contact me off this list if u desire-my fb name is Nicole Zielinski Harrison (my pic is a ‘biohazard symbol with a red heart & chaos on it). Peace be with you!

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