Lamaze Childbirth among the Amish People

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This paper is an account of the author's observation of three Amish births in 1972, one in a home and two in a hospital. This 30-year-old story illustrates normal birth among a group dedicated to “low-tech” living. Although some aspects of Amish life and birth may have changed in the past 30 years, the basic philosophy of life and birth has not. This philosophy serves as a living reminder to us that generations of women from many cultures have given birth in a similar manner.

Keywords: Lamaze Method; childbirth; history

Document Type: Standard Article


Affiliations: ELISABETH BING is a physiotherapist, a childbirth educator, and cofounder of the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (now, Lamaze International). Her book, Six Practical Lessons for an Easier Childbirth (1967), guided many parents and childbirth educators in the use of the Lamaze Method for labor and birth. She has prepared a multitude of parents for their birth experience in both her hospital classes in the 1950s and 1960s and in her private classes in the “studio” of her New York City apartment building, where she began teaching in the 1960s and continues to teach today.

Publication date: April 1, 2002

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