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I am currently looking around western Missouri and eastern Kansas for somewhere to move immediately with cheap rent that is safe as well.¬† However, I am pregnant and plan to homeschool and am trying to decide whether Kansas or Missouri is more 'crunchy' for homebirths (lay midwives or CPM or even UC) and homeschooling.¬† Is it fairly easy to have a natural birth and find non-vax or delayed vax-friendly docs in eastern KS?¬† Are they open to attachment parenting there?
Any Kansas mamas believe Kansas is better for us?
I need to find a place for us to live NOW and am overwhelmed on which is the better choice - I do NOT want to end up with another horrible hospital birth experience like I did in my previous state and I don't want to worry about defending my legal right constantly to homeschool.¬† I am a single mama and feel VERY vulnerable right now, in case it is not obvious.¬† I will be working from home but right now money is VERY tight so even affordable small towns within 20-40 minutes driving distance to 'civilization' but still safe would be great!
Forgot to mention we are looking for:
1.¬† Cheap (hopefully no more than $525 per month, our last 2BR apt. was only $440 in our previous state but the COL is cheaper there somewhat too)¬† I am very open to a little modest house or duplex or fourplex or a one-bedroom apartment (although I was trying to avoid apartments due to noise).
2.¬† Safe (for a single mommy with soon-to-be 2 kids where we won't feel afraid or get shot!)
3.¬† Hopefully with a washer and dryer or connections or very close access since I will be cloth diapering esp. in the winter!
4.¬† Close to homeschool and homebirth support groups within driving distance
5.¬† Within driving distance to shopping like Walmart, Target, health food stores, etc.
As far as birth, idk. I know there is a birth center in Topeka, and supposedly there are midwives who are pretty crunchy in Lawrence....I was out of the birth game by the time we lived there so I am not too sure. Peds: Dr. Marcello.o in Lawrence was awesome! We don't vax and he didn't blink at all. Very supportive of natural/attached parenting, and of mama's instinct.
Lawrejces probably the crunchiest town in KS, but.it.is a college town so rent can be.pricey. IIRC, I paid $750/mo for a not-quite3 br (2 br up, one "br"/extra room down) townhouse w/garage and w/d hookups. There were cheaper places, and if you think you could stand it spacewise, you might consider a 1 br. Or maybe house-share, not sure.if that would work for you or not....
I believe there are nidwives in Wichita as well, but it's scarier than Lawrence by a lot (to m)e.
HTH! Good luck!
Not sure I can answer your question, but I felt compelled to reply.¬† We just moved to Pittsburg KS (Southeast KS) exactly two weeks ago because of grad school and how cheap it is to live here.¬† We have a large 2 bedroom house with a 2+ car garage and a giant yard.¬† Our rent is $550 per month and I feel very safe.¬†
I grew up in rural Missouri and it was hell on a crunchy family.¬† But I don't see Kansas as being much better.¬†
We just moved here from the Detroit Metro area and we had a fabulous AP/Crunchy community there, but I missed my rural roots.¬†
Partner to Nico (2/2003), mama to R (ds) 10/2008 and S (dd) 1/2011.
SAHM searching for balance between conventional and crunchy, past and present, the spiritual and the existential.¬†