My family and I are moving in about 4-6 weeks to the Nashville area. My husband will be working downtown. So we are undecided on which part we want to live. More on that in a bit.
I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction on a few things. Here's a few things about us.
Hubby and I have been married 3 years. We have a 20 month old son. We are crunchy converts. Both of us grew up rather mainstream but after much research we've found that the more natural lifestyle works for us. We still have a long way to go though, I'm sure!
I had DS in the hospital but did so without medication of any kind. We are both lactivists and intactivist. DS is still nursing tons at nearly 2! We are currently anti-vax and don't expect to change. I am taking more and more interest in natural remedies. We rarely take medication and opt to treat things with essential oils, Bach flower remedies and various other natural supplements. We are Young Living oil distributors, btw.
DS is still in our bed and we all love it! We cloth diaper about 80% of the time. I still don't LOVE it but sposies break his bum out if he's in them more than a day or so.
I am training to be a doula through CBI. It's been on the back burner for a bit but I do hope to look for some clients. I need one more certifying birth for sure!
We are hoping to have our next baby at home though we are not currently ttc.
So here's some things you all may be able to help on:
-Housing, we will be renting for a while until we learn the area. We need safe above all but would like it to be cheap. We do not have a large budget right now. We also need to be somewhat close to his office or to public transit since we are currently a one car family.
-Support groups. I am on a local yahoo group which I have loved. Does Nashville have a similar group? I'd also like to think I could find the confidence to branch out and attend some local support/play groups. So suggestions on those would be great too.
-Doula groups. The one here is mostly DONA certified doulas and they have been pretty snobby about me training through CBI. Will this be the case in TN too?
-Places to buy food. I am THRILLED to be near a Trader Joes! But our food budget will be tight so other ways to get good healthy food at a good price would be a life saver!
-Other natural/AP stores. We have a great little one where we are now so I'd love to know some in the Nashville area. While I try to order diapers and detergent (we use RnG) online there have been times I've needed to buy local.
-Chiropractors or other natural health providers. I'm undecided if we should establish ourselves with medical doctors or bypass them in favor of natural doctors. Suggestions on both would be excellent.
-Eventually, midwives. I am excited that midwives don't have to practice underground! I'd even love to find a way to take on some homebirth doula clients.
Anything else you think I should know?
Thanks in advance!