I live in an area with a lot of Amish, too, but what bothers me is the way those kids are used like field hands and put in extremely dangerous situations.
We just had yet another child killed in a farming accident; because it occured at another family member's home, the state is investigating. Both families feel
little, if any, regret. It's more or less an attitude of "Yes well, these things happen." They're upset that the state is looking into the situation and feel it's none of anyone's business what they do with their kids.
I took care of a three year old girl who was torn from her pubic area to her sternum by a piece of farm equipment. The parents couldn't even be bothered to stay with her. At least one parent could have stayed, but no...
Almost every day I see these kids in extremely dangerous situations, purely because they're being used to keep the farm going.
As far as the women, it was great fun getting 40-something women in the ED who were hemorrhaging because it was their 14th or 15th pregnancy...at some point the body just can't handle any more pregnancies. My friend in OB had one father, right after the woman delivered, ask the doctor, "When can I breed her again?" Or the ones who were in full-blown eclampsia or going into labor at 29 weeks.
So I wouldn't use the Amish as a terrific example, at least in my area. People tend to romanticize that lifestyle; let me tell you, it ain't "Witness." (A movie that was filmed, incidentally, in my county.)
In any event, it was totally inappropriate for that anesthesiologist to say that.