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Home birthing might be good if yuoou are sure.you have good backup. But I don't think you should count on saving any money. I'm sure the midwives would have to charge, they have to pay for.insurance, etc.
I think amish teens could be even more vulnerable than regular teens, since they've been more protected than most. But I love how Annie taught them (or reminded them) that all babies are loved and welcomed.
You don't stop playing because you grow 0LD; you grow old because you stop PLAYING.
Living in the depths of the country, and in this case in deep winter, if anything does go wrong you are a long way from help. On the other hand there are a lot of unnecessary c-sections these days, just to be sure the medics don't get sued - even in this country. If a baby is breech, as in this case, a good midwife or obstetrician can turn it. On the other hand I had 2 c-sections both of which were completely necessary and I was grateful for modern medicine. Without it I would very likely have died and certainly my babies would have. Home birth is great where there are no complications. (I'm happy to say I can't comment about expense as mine were born courtesy of the National Health Service.)
Teenagers are the same all over, Amish or not. Whatever is forbidden is alluring. And they are at the age when their hormones are working overtime. Making rules about it has never worked. All dads want their children to succeed in life and a teenage pregnancy interferes with that whatever your definition of success is.
Think not. Do.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.
#1 - I'd say home birthing would be the way to go if you're healthy. And I'm sure it would be far less expensive for those with little or no health insurance. I've heard and read about highly trained professional midwives who are quite capable under uncomplicated circumstances. I wasn't particularly interested in reading all the gory details in this book, however.
#2 - I wasn't surprised to read about the teenage unwed mother. Teenagers (and people in general) are subject to the same temptations in just about any social community. And I don't think her father's reaction was so different from any other father's initial reaction. I was glad he at least listened to Annie's plea on the daughter's behalf.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
I actually liked the questions at the end for this section.
#1 In Chapter 11 Aaron and Faith have their child at home. What was your reaction to this scene and what are your thoughts on home birthing in our age?
#2 How did you feel the aspect of a single mother in the Amish community fit into this story?
1 With a midwife and with how quickly they throw you out of the hospital these days, I'm fine with it. It could be more comfortable at home. But, I would be leary of possible complications arising.
2 Human nature being what it is, I can believe this happening easily. We are living in a fallen world and just because you are Amish doesn't mean you are exempt from sin.
My name is Jewell.
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail Isaiah 58:11