My husband and I are expecting our first child in February. We moved from a major metropolitan area to a rural area a couple of years ago, and since we are not naturally social people, we still don't feel like we have a lot of friends / peers. Most of our social interactions are with family members, and/ or people who are at very different stages in their lives (generally older than us). The friends we have who are our age are either not having children, or live an hour's drive away. The problem is perhaps exacerbated because we are educated, ambitious people-- and living in this rural area, there are just not a ton of people around who are true "peers". (For example, whenever we go into our OB's office, it seems to be full of pregnant teenagers..... we're in our mid 30s!)
We are self-employed (we own a small business), so we don't have co-workers, and we are not religious, so church groups are not really an option for us. Any ideas on where I might meet other new mothers or parents of young children? I am thinking there must be some sort of groups out there that are not religiously affiliated, but I'm not sure what they would be. We are planning to take a childbirth class soon, but I sort of fear that we might be the only people in the class..... How have you found other like-minded folks to connect with in the real world?