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I have never experienced the blessing that is childbirth, but after speaking with a local midwife I have developed a greater respect for those women who choose to give birth on their own or through a midwife. Sandra Hess shares an interesting view on how our society views childbirth and what should be considered “natural” childbirth.
Midwifery is not as highly practiced by the local Amish community as one might think. It seems that many choose to attend a local hospital to give birth but there are still many Amish communities who chose to have a midwife deliver their children. In our Amish Heartland of Wayne and Holmes counties, it seems there is much diversity throughout the different communities.
Featured in this issue of Amish Heartland, Ole Mill Furniture, found in the quaint little town of Charm, offers high quality, Amish furniture at reasonable prices. Stop in and see Leon Mast’s fine collection of furniture for every room in the house. If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, share your ideas with Leon and he can come up with a unique design to fit your needs as well as be an original piece for your home.
If you ever travel west of Holmes and Wayne counties, you enter an older order Amish community. Just on the other side of Ashland, as you cross into Richland county, you come upon the small country village of Olivesburg, Ohio. It’s hard to miss the vibrant, bright blue siding of the small country store located in the center of town.
“Step back in time” is the store’s motto, and that’s just how you feel as you walk through the doors. Connie Crossen has worked hard to keep this laid back, country feel and bring back memories for her customers who have visited the store for many years.
As you plan your trips to the Heartland this spring, make sure the small countryside of Olivesburg makes your list. A relaxing drive through the countryside and a stop for some hand dipped ice cream could be just what you have been longing as the weather begins to warm.