Welcome to all the mamas new to the area!
We moved here 3 yrs ago, and other than LLL and the Cincinnati Waldorf School, there didn't seem to be a lot of places to meet other likeminded mamas. It's so nice to see how things have grown since then - there are now many options for meeting others who tend towards a more natural parenting approach.
I'm in southwest Cincy (about 10-15 minutes NW from Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center), so not terribly close to West Chester, but there is a fantastic group of mamas in your area (Mason/Maineville/Loveland/West Chester). If I didn't live so far away (90 min-2 hrs round trip), and if I weren't such a HUGE wuss about leaving the house with 2 kids (3 y.o. DD and 4 m.o. DS) by myself (yeah, I'm still struggling with the transition from 1 to 2 kids!), I'd love to attend their playgroups. I think they meet on Tuesdays and some Fridays? Anyway, check out the NorthEast mamas
to see if the group suits you.
There's also a large online group, CincinnatiAttachedParents
, where you can introduce yourself and see if there are folks near you - there are folks from all over Greater Cincy/NKY/Dayton/etc. on this list. AND, there's a really wonderful mama in this group that runs an excellent
monthly AP bookclub, 3rd Saturday of each month - the book for July & August is Leidloff's The Continuum Concept
(and I think the August meeting is at the Deerfield Panera which is near West Chester?).
Don't forget the monthly meetings of parenting support groups:
* La Leche League (see Northwest Cincinnati and Mason/Montgomery groups
* Attachment Parenting International
- local chapter meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month API-Cincinnati
(where dads/partners are also welcome!)
- local chapter, CincinnatiDFB
meets the final Thursday of each month
And other good places to meet natural minded mamas, as well: Cincinnati Homebirth
group meets monthly, or support birth options/help out with birth advocacy with the Cincinnati Birth Collective
...so all that in addition to the previously mentioned Mom's Tea!
Hope that gives you a few good leads.