Amish Ways

How Do The Amish Give Birth? How Is It Different?

Friday, January 20th, 2023

The Amish refuse to enjoy the benefit of today’s technology, such as electricity, mobile phones, computers, medicines, and even medical or health insurance. Naturally, this raises the question, “How do Amish women give birth?

Amish women give birth at home in a more natural way with the assistance of their family and midwives. Those with medium to high-risk pregnancies go to a birth center or a local hospital to receive the best medical services their conditions require.

For those who don’t belong to the community, the way the Amish give birth can be intriguing. If you are finding yourself curious about the process, this article can help you understand them better.

How Do Amish Women Give Birth?


Some English people attend numerous antenatal or birthing classes and even hire a Douala to physically and emotionally help them with childbirth. The Amish, having no access to these perks, get help and support from their family, children, husband, and other people from their communities experienced with Amish birth or home delivery.

Where are Amish Babies Born?

Generally, Amish women give birth to a baby in three places – at home, a birthing center, or a hospital.


Most Amish children are born in the comfort of their homes. This idea can be challenging for some of us outside this community because we are often taught that home births come with certain risks. They are linked to a higher risk of infant death, convulsions, and other disorders than planned hospital births.

Amish women who are not experiencing any issues with their pregnancies prefer home birth, where they can be close to their families during this important chapter of their lives. They typically seek the assistance of a local midwife or a doctor who understands the Amish way of life.

Birthing Centers

A birthing center is the second choice for most Amish women. Midwives working in an Amish birthing center are both Amish and non-Amish.

Since the Amish only provide formal education until an Amish child’s eighth grade, this has become one of the controversies they had to face due to the government’s regulations regarding health and well-being.

The Amish are known as pacifists, which is why none of them join the Military. They tend to avoid any publicity or disagreements on politics, etc.

In 1990, however, more than 500 Amish and Mennonite people from Pennsylvania gathered and rallied to support a bill allowing uncertified midwives to deliver Amish babies in the state.

They were forced to move because they believed the state government was already intruding on their centuries-old childbirth practices after the state sued a lay midwife in Mercer County for delivering hundreds of babies to Amish women.

Despite all this, many Amish women experiencing normal pregnancies choose their local birthing centers over hospitals for cost and comfort. In addition, these centers usually discharge patients to the care of their family members four hours after giving birth, which most Amish families prefer.

The only thing that these centers can’t provide is advanced medical treatment and caesarian sections. For these types of procedures, they transport patients to nearby hospitals.



Since the Amish don’t carry commercial insurance, giving birth in hospitals is an issue in terms of cost. While some practices may vary from each Amish community, some have already built their own healthcare, funded by a system that combines church support, benefit auctions, and arranged discounts with local health centers and hospitals.

For some Amish communities with no arranged healthcare system, support from the other members of the Amish church can be surprising to non-Amish folks. This trait of the Amish people, who often go out of their way to help those in need, is one of a kind for many.

If the hospital gives a bill they can’t settle, the Amish church and the members will pay for it. After all, it is God’s teaching to help one another.

What Things Do Pregnant Amish Women Do Differently?

While many of us regard the Amish as conservative, it’s a bit different when it comes to giving birth. This goes particularly true with pregnant Amish women as they do things a bit differently when it’s time to give birth.

Amish women are not afraid of labor.

We all have that one friend or relative who’s about to become a new mom, telling us about her fear of experiencing difficult and painful labor. Or, maybe, a social media post about a birth story gone wrong. No wonder, the society we’re living in now is full of worries, especially regarding the subject of giving birth.

Amish women don’t have the same fear. Most come from large families where childbirth is standard and considered a blessing, especially in the case of multiple births.

Expectant mothers from Amish communities don’t use Epidurals.

Since the Amish don’t get any benefits from modern stuff the rest of us are accustomed to, like modern medicines, they don’t take any pain relief. With that, they don’t allow doctors and other medical professionals to give them anything that will soothe the pain during childbirth.

For the Amish, childbirth is like any other chore that needs to be completed successfully. They also believe giving birth to a new baby means receiving God’s blessing wholeheartedly.


Therefore, all that pain experienced in labor and delivery is nothing compared to their belief. After all, it is called “labor” for a reason.

Due date is not a thing in the Amish Community.

For Amish families, setting a due date when the baby is expected to arrive is absurd. While we are busy ticking the days off a calendar, they believe that nature will decide if it’s time for the baby’s entrance to the human world.

Scheduled caesarian sections and inductions are rare and only happen in medical emergencies where any worst thing could happen – like where the baby’s or the mother’s life would be at risk.

The Amish don’t discuss their pregnancies in the open.

When a typical non-Amish woman gets pregnant, one of the first things she and her husband plan is how to announce it to their children, family, and friends. It may be a social media post, a party, or a group text.

In an Amish community, they take modesty seriously. Since pregnancy is a blessing, announcing it may be misinterpreted as bragging and insensitive to others trying to conceive or recently experiencing child loss.

A unique birthing garment is worn in Amish births.

All Amish women prefer to stay covered up all the time as much as possible, and giving birth is not an exception.

For this occasion, they prepare a unique dress that will still cover the whole body but has access to where the baby should come out. It also has a small opening near the stomach to allow the mother and the new baby to have skin-to-skin contact.

The Amish never use birth control.

The strict Amish traditions dictate that any form of birth control should never be used. For them, using one is like refusing to accept a gift from God. More children, more blessings.

A typical Amish family has six to nine children in total. These children are raised and trained to be responsible, having household chores at the age of five. The Amish way of raising children helps make the day-to-day life of an Amish woman with multiple children less heavy.

Amish babies don’t drink breast milk right away.

In the non-Amish world, an expectant mother is taught that after giving birth, the baby should latch immediately to ensure that it can benefit from the first drops of nutrient-rich breast milk known as the colostrum.

In the Amish world, they believe that newborn babies should not jump to breastfeeding immediately. They often have to wait hours after birth, and the babies are given watermelon seed tea or jello water, which is supposed to prevent jaundice.

Pregnant Amish women stay active.

While waiting for the baby to arrive, there’s no reason for a pregnant Amish woman to hit the pause button on her chores and daily activities in their home or farm.

They consider staying active vital because it helps move the baby down to the pelvis, making the labor and delivery more manageable, especially if they’re going for a home birth.


Unless she has a medical condition tied to her pregnancy, she prefers doing her usual tasks until her new baby arrives, especially if she has other children to care for.

While other pregnant women in the modern world are busy planning their baby showers, Amish women are occupied with completing their chores before the end of the day.


Other modern pregnant women dream of giving birth at home. However, no matter how advanced we think we are now, our society doesn’t always support home birth due to the risks for both the mother and the baby. We are so used to the support of our healthcare system that consistently provides everything we need.

Since Amish communities help and support each one of their members, they have a different way of accomplishing anything.

It’s safe to say that they don’t automatically reject support from anyone outside their community; it’s just that the Amish people have centuries-old traditions and practices that they prefer to follow unless unexpected situations would occur and require assistance from the outside.

The absence of technology and regular medical interventions make the Amish births different from what the rest of the modern world is accustomed to.

It’s a combination of old-fashioned methods being done before established birthing centers, hospitals, medical doctors, and insurance companies are born, plus a series of practices applied based on the teachings of the Amish church.

Can Amish Adopt? The Process, Adjustments, & More

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

The Amish are known to be highly family-oriented. For them, no family ever seems to be “too large” Considering the unique Amish lifestyle and beliefs, however, many non-Amish people wonder what happens if an Amish couple can’t have children naturally. Can they adopt children?

The Amish people, especially those unable to have a child naturally, can adopt or foster both Amish and non-Amish children. There are no rules from their church leaders against adopting children, including whom they can and can’t adopt.

If you are curious to know how the process works, this article will explain everything you need to know about it.

How the Amish Adopt Children


Amish families are commonly large for three significant reasons. Inside their community, children are treated as blessings from God – more children, more blessings.

Secondly, the Amish church forbids birth control and abortion. Lastly, Amish women marry and start having kids at a very young age. In Amish communities, being an Amish mom is something to be proud of.

A 300-year-old religious community in Amish America consisting of large families may put a bit of pressure on a childless couple’s life. Fortunately, a childless Amish couple can go to some agencies in their areas to start an adoption process.

In some rare cases, adoptions happen when tragedies strike. In 2011 when a 30-year-old Amish uncle and aunt from Ohio had to sell a large home they built to move to Jasper, and adopt 12 Amish children after their parents died in a road accident in New York.

Since they were the only immediate family members of the deceased who have no other children, they were the only ones who are capable of taking this kind of huge responsibility. A similar incident happened in Indiana in the 1980s, when 11 Amish children were adopted by an Amish couple because their parents died in a car wreck.

Can Amish Adopt Non-Amish Children?

The Amish foster and adopt children from various countries and races. If the kids are adopted, not fostered, they will raise them Amish. They will work hard to teach them how to be full-fledged Amish children.

Since the Amish take the bible literally, they enormously respect how beautifully God painted the picture of adoption, “But Ye have received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba Father.” – Romans 8:15

Sometimes, newly-adopted older children who are already exposed to the modern world face difficulties adjusting to an Amish home. From watching television to quilting or doing outdoor activities with other kids, or playing board games with family, this is becoming a significant step for them.

Children from African-American, Asian, or Hispanic races face challenges in accepting their differences while growing up in a new community. Mostly, these young people feel isolated.


Since one of the core values of the Amish culture is “family” their acceptance and color-blind love for their new children would resolve any insecurity or fear of rejection that adoptees usually feel.

When an Amish family adopts a non-Amish child, he will be treated like their own. Therefore, the child will live by the family and their church’s faith and lifestyle. The same applies to how they dress, which school to go to when they reach a certain age, etc.

To adopt children is both a privilege and a responsibility for the Amish. Since the Amish are religious, they believe that the most incredible privilege of adoption is the privilege of guiding a kid to trust in God. At the same time, they must fulfill their obligation to pass on their wisdom from the Old Order Amish to their children.

The Amish and Foster Care

According to Carol Award Winner Suzanne Woods Fisher, a pastor in Texas asked his congregation years ago, “Who will stand with me to defend, care, and support abused, abandon, and neglected children in our community?”

Surprisingly, many people volunteered, and as a result, their area has more than enough licensed foster families to help fulfill the growing number of children in the foster care system.

She eventually fictionalized this story in her book Stitches in Time. In her book, a reformed young law offender and now deacon of a church inside the world’s largest Amish community in Pennsylvania posed a challenge in his church to empty the foster care system in Lancaster County. While some people said “no” those who said “yes” had their lives changed forever.

This narrative is not far from what’s happening in reality inside many Amish communities. Many children from the English world who are in the foster care system are getting cared for by Amish families, many from the New Order Amish. They believe that every foster child that comes into their lives is God’s will. 

The Amish live to care for their own – or that’s what most English people think. It may come as a surprise that their love isn’t only for Amish children, but also for those from the outside world with needs that their biological parents can not fulfill.


Many of these foster kids from the modern world are placed in the system due to various heartbreaking stories. They may be victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

Some infants cared for by Amish foster parents suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome. The parents of these kids are usually incarcerated, institutionalized, or no longer permitted by law to stay with them.

How Do Foster Children Adjust to The Amish Lifestyle?

The length of a foster child’s stay with his foster parents depends on his needs and the biological parents’ participation (if applicable) in the program. A caseworker works with the foster parents to identify and assess the situation to properly determine the child’s placement goals. 

In the meantime, the Amish parents vow to love and care for them as much as they can since they believe that what they do for these children is for the children’s sake, not theirs.

Even if a foster kid isn’t born Amish, they will still dress him as one of theirs as long as the child stays with them except for when they have to visit their biological parents. They also have special gatherings inside their community where foster and adoptive parents meet. The children would wear Amish clothes in specific colors to quickly identify the foster from the adopted ones.

Foster parents take their foster kids to public schools outside their community. While this can be inconvenient for them since they usually take Amish children to Amish schools, this is just one of the great lengths they’re willing to go to for these kids.

Since the child’s placement in a few months isn’t set in stone, taking him to an Amish school may be seen as crossing the line. They know and respect their boundaries as foster parents.

An Amish school convinces children to reject technology and everything the modern world has to offer, makes them believe that only the bible reveals the truth, and persuades them to stay within the community. In addition, even though Science is taught in these schools, despite what many believe, they only select texts or lessons that will not contradict their church teaching. 


This changes when a child is legally adopted. No matter where in the outside world he came from, an adopted child should learn how to live the Amish way as early as possible by going to an Amish school. Here, he will learn everything he needs to blend in with his new family and community.

In cases where the law requires visitations, they willingly accompany their foster kids to their biological parents. Most of the time, they work together for the child’s welfare. When the time comes that the child has to return to his parents, they will oblige even though it saddens them because they understand that everything happening is the will of God.


Not all mothers are built the same. Some can have as many babies as they want, while some are mothers by heart and can only have children through adoption. For the latter, it can be a long and challenging journey.

The life goal of being a mother is universal. It may not apply to all women today, but for a regular Amish girl living in a community where having a family is one of the cores of their culture, this is quite certain. Fortunately for the Amish communities, adopting children is allowed by their church.

While many of us have heard stories about how Amish people like to live independently and don’t care about other people outside their communities, it’s time to rethink.

Most people from the outside only focus on the simple Amish lifestyle with their little buggies and no-technology homes. However, many of us do not know that these “simple people” have much more to offer to children with needs, whether these children are Amish or Non-Amish.

Their helping hands can be in the form of adoption or fostering children from different parts of the world or all walks of life. Either way, it’s an all-win fulfillment for them – their faith, their communities, or their dream of becoming a parent.

Can Amish Divorce? The Amish Beliefs and Views on Marriage

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Under the rules of Amish church leaders, the congregation must take marriage seriously – that they should continuously work to keep their marriage strong. When an Amish couple gets married, they are expected to stay married for the rest of their lives. Now, can Amish divorce?

In Amish communities, divorce is not acceptable or authorized by the Amish church. When an Amish man seeks divorce, he must leave the Amish faith, resulting in him being excommunicated. On the other hand, the remaining spouse will not be allowed to remarry until the other one passes.

To get a better understanding of the Amish views on divorce, read on.

The Amish Culture Views on Marriage and Divorce

Like most aspects of the lives of Amish people, marriage is heavily influenced by the laws of the Amish church. Marriage is the foundation of a family, which is one of the core elements of the Amish community. This is why they are known to have large families and, for years, this is how and what many Amish people live and believe.

These Amish beliefs on marriage strongly contradict the idea of divorce. It is considered a reason for excommunication, since divorce violates the vows taken by all Amish men and women during their Amish baptism.

Amish Beliefs and Views on Marriage

Amish Beliefs and Views on Marriage

To fully understand why many religious groups, like the Amish, prohibit divorce, we must learn how they value and respect the Amish marriage. The Ordnung, the Amish Code of Conduct, regulates how each of them should live.

It is a set of written and unwritten rules that also tackle centuries-old traditions that uphold each Amish way of living we know today and even Amish marriage customs centered on their strong faith and beliefs.

Amish Couples “Sleep Together” Before Marriage

Some Amish communities allow (or encourage) young Amish couples to sleep together before marriage. Unlike our usual understanding of “sleeping together”, this is literal for the Amish. Premarital sex is strictly prohibited. Some stories even say that a wooden board is placed between them to prevent them from doing something “unlawful.” 

This practice is done so that the young couple can talk and get to know each other well before marriage. It helps them decide whether to pursue this life-long commitment, which is very important to the Amish community.

An Amish Man Should only Marry an Amish Woman and Vice Versa

Marrying someone with the same belief and religion as you can be a common preference for many religious groups and cultures. But for the Amish church and laws, this is a strict rule all Amish men and women should observe.

Can Amish marry outsiders? If an Amish woman or man wants to marry one, he or she should leave the Amish faith. In rare cases, the Amish church accepts converts, although they do not encourage it.

Only Amish Fathers will Work Outside the House

Amish wives or mothers’ most significant obligation is to take care of their small children at home while their husbands work outside. They are allowed, however, to run home-based small businesses to help with the family finances without neglecting their obligations to their children and husbands.

The only exception is if an Amish couple has no children. An Amish wife can work or run a business outside their property or in a nearby town if she has no small children to take care of in their home. 

The Amish Man is the Head of the Home

In every conservative and old-fashioned unit of society, the man is almost always the head of a team. Understandably, this also applies to the Amish community.

The Amish Man is the Head of the Home

Although Amish husbands are the dominant figures in every family and are in charge of financial matters, the wives still have an equal say to all the decision-making that affects the family’s welfare and future. Amish couples work together to share workloads.

Many Amish men help with household chores, yard work, and tasks regarding the children. In fact, you will see many Amish fathers hold their children outside their homes or inside their churches.

Amish women help their husbands in the fields or even in furniture making. No tasks are heavy for them since they are known as exceptional hard workers. Most importantly, this is one of the core values of an Amish marriage – being there all the time for the spouse and family.

Amish Couples Spend Time with Each Other and Have Fun

From an outsider’s point, it’s common to think that everyone in the Amish community doesn’t know how to have fun. Whenever we think about the Amish community, we think of people wearing plain clothes while working in the fields or their wood crafting shops.

On the contrary, the Amish love telling jokes, playing indoor and outdoor games, and bonding with their Amish friends over sumptuous meals. Many Amish women love quilting, crafting, gardening, and many other creative things.

Amish men, like their counterparts outside their grid, are also involved with fishing, hunting, and other fun things we usually see men do outdoors. Amish couples enjoy traveling as well, even without their kids sometimes.

These activities, and their faith in God being the center of everything they do, help strengthen Amish couples’ marriages, especially during trying times.

What Happens If The Marriage of An Amish Couple Fails?

Not all marriages are perfect – even for the most conservative and God-fearing people.

Since the Amish are prohibited from taking their problems to the court of law, the couple experiencing marital difficulties may seek the help of their church leaders to intervene.

A Christian counselor will guide the couple to resolve their differences until they meet an acceptable ground. They would be convinced to strive harder to keep their marriage strong.

What If An Amish Man Cheats on His Wife?

Unfortunately, such marital issues are not openly discussed with others within the Amish community, as many view cheating victims as just as guilty as abusers.

Consequently, most Amish women with cheating husbands have nothing else to do but pray that their spouses will eventually realize their sins, return to them, and repent.

During this challenging chapter of their lives, they usually rely on financial assistance from the Amish church, family members, and other generous people from the Amish community.

When Can An Amish Man or Woman Remarry?


After separation, it will still be considered an act of adultery if one begins a new relationship with someone else. Even though the split had already happened decades ago, the Amish community will still view them as a married couple.

An Amish person will only be allowed to remarry after their spouse’s death. The courtship should also be discreet and can only be done through mail out of respect for the deceased.

However, many Amish believe this to be unfair since Amish men tend to die first, and men are most likely to remarry based on statistics.

What If One Leaves The Amish Community to Pursue Divorce?

Even if an Amish man leaves the Amish faith and goes to modern society to pursue the filing of divorce, the remaining will still not be allowed to remarry since the Amish church doesn’t recognize nor sanction divorce.

The one who leaves, however, would be free to remarry a non-Amish person since he’s already excommunicated and shunned from the Amish community.

What Happens If One Gets Shunned by The Amish Church?

Amish shunning is a centuries-old practice in the Amish culture in which church members isolate, ignore, or punish someone for breaking church rules. Shunned Amish people eat alone and are forbidden to join community activities. Everyone is often prohibited from visiting, doing business with, or receiving anything from a shunned member of the Amish church.

For example, a shunned Amish church member who left the faith to seek a divorce can rarely return if he shows great remorse for breaking his vow during his Amish baptism. Since, for the Amish, breaking such is like defying God’s laws, this is a harrowing journey to take.

Like the decision to enforce such punishment upon the individual, the acceptance will also depend on the congregation’s votes. If, for example, the shunned individual didn’t win the votes to get reaccepted and would be disregarded forever, this won’t be the first time.


In general, marriage is a life-long commitment that should be honored and taken care of for the rest of the married couple’s lives. While it is true that everyone should stay married once they take this road, not everything works out the way we want it to.

After all, living a married life has its ups and downs. Even though Amish people are highly conservative, they have a good sense of what they truly deserve.

Family is a core element of the Amish

Family is a core element of the Amish. To have a family is to get married to the partner you chose from the start. Therefore, Amish marriage is as essential as keeping families intact for the whole community. 

For centuries, Amish people have lived this kind of life. Taking good care of their marriage is an Amish way of honoring God’s words and wisdom. If you look at it, divorce is not the main problem of the Amish church – it’s the desire to end a marriage permanently through divorce.

Amish Life Expectancy: Do Amish Live Longer?

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

Since nothing has changed since the day the Old Order Amish Community came to America in the mid-1700s, they’re still basically disconnected from conveniences like electricity, gadgets, modern medicine, etc. This makes a lot of people wonder if they get to live shorter or longer than the average American folks.

The average life expectancy for the Amish people was over 70 years while the average American was only 47 during the early 20th century.  The Amish people still have a notable edge in late-life health quality with lower chances of serious illnesses that are very common for the rest of the world.

To know more about the Amish life expectancy and the factors that allow them to live longer, read on.

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What Is The Life Expectancy of the Amish?


Life expectancy refers to the number of years a person is expected to live. It varies with a person’s current age, sex, nationality, and where he lives. Of course, in real life, it is much more complicated than that.

Many have been taking an interest in the comparison between Americans and Amish when it comes to life expectancy and health span. They live in the same country and probably breathe the same air, so why is there a difference in the first place?

The average life span of Non-Amish people in America caught up through the years – from 47 years in 1900, 68 years in 1950, and 79 years in 2019. However, it fell to 77 in 2020 and 76 in 2021.

The Amish population, on the other hand, still has a better standing. The latest may also be over 70 years, but when the Americans were dying in their 40s during the early 20th century, the Amish people lived their best yet simple lives for over 70 years.

Why Do The Amish Live Longer?

As it turns out, only some things are solved with modern technology. Americans and other populations outside the Amish community have access to almost every health or medical benefits and modern medicine this current era offers. Yet, the Amish men still have a better average life expectancy. How do they do it?

The Amish Lifestyle

Farming is at the center of the work life of the Amish men. Since they don’t use technological devices such as agricultural machinery, they must do all the tillage, seeding, planting, cultivation, fertilization, harvesting, and more by hand. Manual labor is quite literal when it comes to them.

According to Time, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) equipped Amish volunteers with pedometers in 2004. This experiment aimed to see how much physical activity they achieved every day.

The results were astonishing. The Amish men took more than 18,000 steps daily, and the Amish women made more than 14,000. Let’s compare it to non-Amish people who are encouraged by doctors to make at least 10,000 steps a day and fail.

As a result, only 4% of the Amish communities are obese compared with 36.5% of the general US population. According to CDC, obesity leads to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other forms of cancer.

While some of the Amish smoke cigars, most still choose to stay away from this habit. Since most people from Amish communities are non-smokers, they have a 63% lower rate of tobacco-related cancers, based on a 2004 study of the Amish population in Ohio.

The Amish people’s consistent physical activity and active lifestyle are the top reason behind their longer life spans.

The Amish Genetic Mutation


Thanks to the hunch of a cardiologist at Northwestern, Dr. Douglas Vaughan, who thinks that the Amish are blessed carriers of an “anti-aging gene” after a fellow doctor named Dr. Amy Shapiro discovered a young Amish girl with an unusual bleeding disorder.

The patient was not hemophiliac. When injured, she would bleed and stop. After a day or two, the bleeding would start again.

Because of this incident, a group of researchers from Northwestern Medicine in Chicago collected blood and urine samples from the Amish to test Vaughan’s theory in May 2015.

In a study released in November 2017 by Northwestern University researchers, they discovered a gene in an Amish community associated with an average life expectancy 10% longer than that of people without it. They call it a genetic mutation that protects against many elements of natural aging in humans.

The subjects, mainly from an Old Order Amish family living near Berne, Indiana, had 10% longer caps (telomeres) at the end of chromosomes that shrink over time and trigger the aging process. The longer the telomeres are, the longer the life is. 

Serpine1, the gene mutation that produces Plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), is known to slow down aging, improve insulin levels and blood pressure, prevent other forms of age-related illnesses, especially diabetes, enhance arterial flexibility, and lead to a longer life.

Scientists are unbelievably amazed that they started to conduct human trials on an experimental longevity drug. It hopefully creates the effect of the PAI-1 and provides strong protection against illnesses related to human aging.

In partnership with Tohoku University in Japan, Northwestern developed and tested an oral drug, TM5614, that inhibits the action of PAI-1. The drug has passed the first 2 phases and is now being given to patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, advanced melanoma, and other health problems alongside other treatments. It was even tested on Covid patients during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020.

It is important to note that only some Amish people carry Serpine1. At the time of this writing, it was only found in just one Amish community in Indiana. 

The Amish Aging in Place

People of old age in the Amish communities are cared for at home by their family and relatives. While this may not always be possible for non-Amish families, the Amish always see that they devote their time and effort to giving their family members of old age the best care they can provide.

Aging in place boosts life fulfillment, good life quality, and self-esteem. These are the factors to remain satisfied, healthy, and comfortable in old age. Less stress, less cause of blood pressure shooting up. Brain health is one of the top priorities especially for older people because it all starts there.

A PLOS ONE study even states that aging in place offers the same longevity benefits as quitting smoking.

In addition, a senior who stays at home is free to keep his active lifestyle going. Physical activity is not restricted compared to when one is confined in an institution. 

The Amish Diet: A Setback

Since the Amish are farmers and grow their food, many of us imagine that most of them are salad lovers. That’s quite the contrary.

The reality is that the Amish have no diet restrictions. They make bread and cereals from whole grains. Since they spend most of their daily lives doing manual labor, they are unconcerned about the amount of fat and calories in their diets.

The typical Amish diet consists of the following:


  • Bread
  • Homemade cornmeal mush
  • Eggs
  • Sausages
  • Cooked Cereals
  • Casseroles
  • Fruits
  • Juices

Lunch or Dinner (the heaviest meal of the day):

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Potato Dish
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Fried Meat

The Amish, having no televisions and influences from the outside world, celebrate everything with festive meals. They bond and socialize with families and other members of the community over big dinners.

There are even sightings of Amish folks in their buggies falling in line at the Burger King drive-thru in Lancaster County.

The Amish people stay healthy in many other ways; however, they have no restrictions on the Amish diet. Cardiovascular disease is one of the things that they don’t have the edge over.


Blood pressure and heart disease rates are higher in the Amish compared to non-Amish populations. Since they tend to avoid modern medicine, they would base their health-related decisions on their beliefs, church, beliefs, and any information gathered from their family and friends.

While an Amish man’s physical activity in working on a farm may burn the calories off, leading to weight loss, all the fat and salt can still negatively affect his health over time.

One study has shown that culturally appropriate education is needed for the growing population of The Old Order Amish to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.


While most factors that contribute to the Amish’s overall life expectancy are exclusive to them, like the genetic mutation that some of them are fortunate to have, we can’t deny that we can learn a lot from the others on the list.

As we look at the lifestyle differences between the Amish and the rest of the world, we can’t deny that most of us wouldn’t dare to be in their shoes, even just for a day.

While many of us wouldn’t live a day or two without the internet or at least the comfort of having electricity, adapting the concept behind the Amish lifestyle and choices may make a significant difference in our well-being.


Many doctors encourage us to live an active lifestyle or exercise for at least 30 minutes daily to battle the growing obesity problem worldwide. Unfortunately, not everyone can do it.

Being manual laborers, the Amish people can achieve more than the recommended steps a day without having any sports medicine, even before the sun sets. While they can’t avoid heart attacks and other cardiovascular disease issues because of their lack of diet restrictions, weight loss is never a problem for them.

Do Amish Pay Taxes?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

Many non-Amish people often wonder if the Amish pay taxes. For most, this question is a bit fair considering the Amish families’ simplicity and lifestyle. These people reject various conveniences brought by technological advances and even government-funded projects.

Law-abiding, Amish people pay taxes like income, sales, and real property taxes. They respect the government even though they choose not to receive any subsidy from some government projects.

To know more about Amish and how they fulfill their tax obligations, read on.

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What Taxes Do the Amish Pay?
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         National Debt
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         Schools, Libraries, and Other Community Services
What Taxes Do Amish People Not Pay?
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         How to Opt Out Of Social Security if You're Amish?
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         Sin Taxes

What Taxes Do the Amish Pay?

What Taxes Do the Amish Pay?

Many outsiders think that the Amish’s isolation from the public also means that they’re ignoring the government and the laws.

In reality, however, these people are known to be law-abiding citizens; even though some rules may seem unfair to them, they still adhere to everything the government and their church tell them. 

The common myth that the Amish don’t pay taxes is quite offensive to many Amish people. They actually pay taxes because they understand that it’s mandatory. Like Non-Amish people, they deliver what the government dictates, especially regarding tax laws.

Income Tax

The Amish pay state income taxes. Most men belonging to their community are business owners and self-employed. They are incredibly successful and pay vast amounts of income taxes.

Fortunately, they are also eligible to claim Child Tax Credits whenever applicable. The majority of income taxes goes to several government programs like Social Security, health programs, defense, and interest on the national debt.

Social Security and Health Programs

Since the Amish culture entails taking care of one another, especially the old and the sick, they don’t receive the benefits of Social Security. They usually consider such programs as insurance programs that wildly contradict Amish beliefs in joining commercial insurance.

The Amish people may cite 1 Timothy 5:8, “But if someone does not provide for his own, especially his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

National Debt

Since Amish people pay income taxes despite their refusal to receive the government benefits of such taxes, they play a more prominent role in contributing to the interest in the national debt.

Sales Tax

The Amish Pay Sales Tax

The Amish pay sales taxes every time they make taxable purchases. These sales taxes are placed on the sale or lease of goods and services in the United States, which fund local services like roads, schools (depending on the state), and emergency services.


They may not have cars, but Amish people still use the roads with their buggies or horses. These can still cause damage that may necessitate tax-funded repairs.

In some states like Ohio, the Amish should register their buggies. Part of these registration fees goes to the roads’ maintenance costs. However, this does not apply to all fifty states or everywhere.


The Amish children are taught in parochial schools provided by many Amish communities through the eighth grade. They are exempted from state-compulsory attendance beyond the eighth grade based on religious beliefs.

Amish children from an Amish community without a parochial school are sent to public schools, which presents a challenge due to the language barrier.

However, this option is rare since most Amish families care deeply about their children’s education and prefer being taught under Amish principles.

Emergency Services

Despite their self-sufficiency or heavy reliance on Amish neighbors, they still call the police when a worse crime occurs in their area.

They are used to taking matters into their neighbors’ and church’s hands, especially those due to minor issues. However, with law enforcement involved or without, they still abide by their church rules regarding pressing charges.

Property Taxes

The Amish Pay Property Taxes

Property taxes, commonly called “Land Taxes,” vary from one state to another. In Pennsylvania, where there are more Amish occupants, land prices and property taxes are incredibly high.

These property taxes fund elementary and secondary schools, libraries, and other community services.

Most Amish families own lots of lands. Most of them also have large homes due to their large families. Therefore, the Amish pay property tax with huge amounts of money yearly. 

Schools, Libraries, and Other Community Services

Even though the Amish have their schools, libraries, and other services within their communities, they still pay property tax to fund public elementary and secondary schools, libraries, parks, and other services in the country.

The Amish stay most of the time within their communities, so they don’t benefit from these.

Most of the time, school taxes are part of the property taxes. If not, all Amish people are required to pay school taxes separately.

The Amish people pay property taxes or public school taxes to provide children with public schools and pay extra to send their own to Amish private schools. 

What Taxes Do Amish People Not Pay?

Due to the Amish people’s lifestyle and religious beliefs, the general Amish population doesn’t have to pay social security, gas, and sin taxes.

Social Security Taxes

Social Security is a government benefit that starts paying American taxpayers when they reach the age of 67 years old.

While this is mandatory for all Americans, religious sectors such as the Amish may choose not to pay for this, provided they must take the necessary steps legally.

How to Opt Out Of Social Security if You’re Amish

Being born from an Amish family doesn’t automatically exempt anyone from social security tax.

Youths from Amish communities who are not yet baptized are required to pay these taxes. In many Amish churches, the age requirement for baptism is between sixteen and twenty-five.

An Amish person who is not working for a Non-Amish employer, a businessman hiring non-Amish employees, and is already baptized in an Amish church can opt out of social security tax.

To opt out, fill out the Application for Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Waiver of Benefits, commonly known as Form 4029.

By filling this out, the signee must acknowledge that he’s waiving all his rights to any social security benefits, no matter how eligible the signee is based on the previous payments.

For Non-Amish people or non-members of specific religious sectors, opting out of Social Security is not easy.

As of today, the law only allows members of the clergy and members of recognized religious sects such as the Amish and the Mennonite to opt out. Economic reasons are not accepted.

Even though Social Security may be one of the best benefits anyone can get, for the Amish, receiving hand-outs or any financial help from the government is never right.

They seriously stand up for their belief that every Amish man should care for his family. 

Gas Taxes

Gas Taxes

To pay directly for the gas tax, one must purchase gasoline. The Amish People use horses or buggies that don’t require gasoline. Therefore, they don’t directly pay gas taxes to fund repairs for the roads they use daily.

For this reason, many outsiders think the Amish are pretty selfish since their buggies and horses cause more damage to the roads than cars.

However, if one looks at the sales tax a regular Amish person pays, it is worth noting that somehow the Amish help fund road repairs in the country. Aside from schools and other emergency services, sales tax funds repairs and maintenance of roads.

In addition, a few Amish business owners use fuel-powered generators to run their businesses. This small number purchases gasoline or diesel to power their generators.

Sin Taxes

Sin taxes are specific taxes added to products that many people consider sinful. These products include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and gambling items.

Since leaders of Old Order Amish churches prohibit the use of tobacco, consumption of alcohol, and taking part in any gambling activities, the Amish people automatically don’t pay sin taxes.

However, this doesn’t mean that all Amish people don’t smoke. Some Amish men grow tobacco at home and smoke it using their pipes.


Despite what many Non-Amish people believe, the Amish pay taxes and even give more than their fair share.

They may not always benefit from the money they spend with these taxes due to their religious beliefs, but what’s more important to them is that they can fulfill their responsibilities to the government.

The 5 Best Activities Near Pennsylvania Amish Country

Thursday, June 29th, 2017


Without a doubt, Pennsylvania Amish Country has many attractions that consistently draw locals and tourists alike. Those interested in the Amish lifestyle, Amish crafts and, of course, some tasty Amish food flock to the area. But what about when you’re visiting and want to do something outside the world of the Amish. Are there other kinds of activities for tourists? The answer is definitely yes.


The Best Amish YouTube Videos

Sunday, March 19th, 2017


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When you think about watching YouTube videos, you may not immediately think about the Amish. Traditionally, the Amish shy away from digital technology. But with that stated, however, the there are many good Amish related videos on YouTube. If you’re looking to gain insight into the day to day life of Amish people, videos are a great place to start.


Just as YouTube is a source of learning and information on a range of topics, the same holds true for learning more about Amish life and Amish culture. No matter what aspect of Amish life you are interested in learning more about, the odds are excellent that YouTube stands as an unexpected source of information. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the best Amish videos on YouTube. You’ll find that the diversity of these videos is surprising and impressive.


The 5 Best Amish Cookbooks

Saturday, February 18th, 2017


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If you are familiar with Amish cooking, then you already know that it is really something special that should be treasured. Amish cooking isn’t about blending a wide range of ingredients. Instead it focuses on utilizing a small number of ingredients and blending them with harmonious results. Add to that the fact that Amish cooking also focuses on using the freshest ingredients and the end result is something uniquely yummy.


How Do the Amish Approach Healthcare?

Saturday, January 21st, 2017


The Amish have definitive views on healthcare. In the eyes of the Amish people, God is the ultimate healer. As a result of this view, many Amish do not opt for modern healthcare practices.

In addition, it is common for the Amish to be uncomfortable with and actively avoid settings where technology is a key component. The Amish view of modern healthcare has many implications. At the top of the list of those implications is the fact that the Amish are more willing and more likely to suffer with medical issues.


5 Best Amish Restaurants

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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The Amish love food and it shows. The love of Amish food is about more than the foods that they actually prepare. When exploring the savory delights of the Amish world, it is important to take a step back and look at the whole picture and not just the process of preparation.


Amish food isn’t just about following steps and recipes. The delicious results of Amish cooking is, in part, the result of a concrete strategy, one built around cultivating the best ingredients. In Amish cooking there is an emphasis on using fresh ingredients.