Amish Midwives

TitleAmish Midwives
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFunke, MB, Funke, RD, Greer, S, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
AbstractThe Amish are a traditionalist religious community in the US with roots in Protestant Anabaptism. As part of their religious commitment so-called “old order” Amish live simply and tend to avoid the conveniences and technologies of modern life. In part what this means is that pregnant old-order Amish women favor home births attended by unlicensed traditional midwives without the medical interventions common in US hospital births. While individual liberty rights protect the choice to eschew modern medicine, when traditional midwives employ the tools of modern medicine they risk overstepping their legal rights. 
Notes©2018 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics   Case from the 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Regional Competition