Hi Albany mommas:
Hopefully some of you can help me to calm down about moving to NY state, Albany in particular. My husband has a very promising interview for a promotion this Friday. It would be right in downtown Albany. I don't want to move :( especially with a toddler and a will be new baby (i am due with #2 in March), oh and 5 cats and a dog.
I have been trying to do some research on NY state since all i really know is that its cold and expensive, and i am scaring myself! It just seems so big government, high tax, up in my business kind of state :( so if any of you "crunchy" mommies can set the record straight for me i would be so appreciative! I was in tears last night and this whole thing, not knowing whats true and whats rumors is really stressing me out!
I know with some of this i am borrowing trouble since it will be a few years before we have baby # 3, and a few years before i have to worry about schooling for #1. But i would rather know whats up going into it, than wait until last minute and then have no plan. We would even consider living over the border if need be, but that would be a long commute.
-How are the BF laws?
-What about home birth? How easy? Does this state risk out many people. What i mean by that is that there are some states where VBAC and twins and breech are illegal. Here home birth midwives are not "legal" but they are also not explicitly "illegal" so yes, its easy to find a MW to do a VBAC/twin/breech birth.
-What about hospital births? Is it true that you cannot decline "routine newborn stuff" w/o CPS being called on you? While i am a homebirther you never know what can happen. I transferred with my first and we just declined everything, signed ourselves out AMA and left the next morning. No issues at all.
-Vaccines? We are VERY selective and delayed. What exemptions are there and how easy are they to get? Here in Ohio we have a philosophical, religious and medical exemption. Basically you just say you don't believe in them and no questions asked. There is like one piece of paperwork to fill out for school, and again, no big deal.
-How is homeschooling? Again, here its pretty easy, you file your paperwork and done. There are a few homeschooling groups, the local science center is very positive to the homeschooling crowd ect ect.....
I am not even sure i want to homeschool, but depending on what the vaccine issue may be i might have to.
Thank you to any of you that can ease my fears about this!! Its going to be hard enough dealing with finding a place we want to live and can afford (due to the CRAZY taxes OMG?!), and a new Dr, and a new vet, and a new.......
If my husband gets this job (we should know by Christmas) i will be posting again to get names of recommended providers as well as recommended neighborhoods to live.
Thanks for reading!