The Amish community tends to shy away from publicity and the media, so it's no surprise that when Breaking Amish started airing on TLC, it captivated Americans from across the country. It's clear that people love learning about lives different from their own and since this group is typically never exposed to the world, it makes it even more alluring.
It's clear from the ratings and the expansion of the show to Breaking Amish: LA that people can't get enough of the life in this community.
Our imaginations definitely can run wild with what it would be like to live a true Amish existence. Specifically what pregnancy and childbirth would be like for a woman living in a community that doesn't have electricity or modern medical equipment. Would it be a scary experience or would the simple approach make for an easier ride?
Take a look at the list of things they do differently, and you can be the judge.
1. There Are No Ultrasounds
What mom can resist a sneak-peak of their baby-to-be before they enter the world?
Even more exciting is finding out the gender so you can start planning your nursery, making your baby registry and putting together your gender reveal. Don't forget the important results of finding out any issues that may need to be addressed at birth.
The Amish however, skip past the ultrasounds because they do not use medical interventions. So every birth into the community is a surprise!
2. They Don't Follow Their Due Dates
While we may have countdown calendars telling us which fruit our baby measures up to each week, it's not the same for the Amish.
If you are an Amish women, you do not count on your due date. As most of us know, this is just a window when the baby is expected to arrive. In most of America if you go past your due date, you will often be induced so your bundle of joy arrives in 42 weeks or less.
With the Amish, they are not induced to meet a specific date, so babies arrive when they're ready. Because of this, the birthing process tends to go much quicker.
3. You Have More Children
In 1976, most American families had an average of four children. Today, that number has dropped to 2.4 kids per family. In Amish communities, it is not uncommon for women to have an upwards of ten children during their childbearing years. This means that many women are familiar with pregnancy and are pro to the whole process.
Amish people tend to have more children for several different reasons. The first being they don't believe in medical interventions, that includes means of birth control. They also don't believe in birth control for religious reasons, so you can be sure there are a lot of babies made each month. Finally, since there are many chores to be done on the farm, many hands make for light work, so the more people to help, the better.
4. Babies Aren't Going To Break The Bank
Sure, diapers, clothes, strollers can add up to a small fortune, but most people who have had a baby know the real expense is when the hospital bill comes in. Depending on your insurance, the cost of having a baby ranges in each state. A routine vaginal birth in California can range from $3,296 to $37,227 with insurance.
The Amish community doesn't have insurance- at least not like the rest of Americans. If they can't pay a hospital bill, the Amish church pays it on their behalf. When it comes to pregnancy, however, Amish mothers use midwives and all those costs are pre-planned, so there is no surprise bill at the end.
If a true emergency comes around and the mother has to go to the hospital, the entire community gathers to help out.