Mary and Elmer’s fifth child, Melvin, was born 6 weeks prematurely and is 1 month old. Sarah,
age 13, Martin, age 12, and Wayne, age 8, attend the Amish elementary school located 1 mile
from their home. Lucille, age 4, is staying with Mary’s sister and her family for a week because
baby Melvin has been having respiratory problems, and their physician told the family he will
need to be hospitalized if he does not get better within 2 days.
1. Choose two or three areas of perinatal care that you would want to discuss with Mary,
and then write brief notes about what you know and/or need to learn about Amish values
in order to discuss perinatal care in a way that is culturally congruent.
2. Discuss three Amish values, beliefs, or practices to consider when preparing to do
perinatal education classes with Amish patients.