Welcome! We moved to Star (just down the road from Middleton) from Texas about 6 months ago and we love it here. Middleton is pretty nice, and though personally I prefer to be closer to Boise, you will be closer to Nampa and Caldwell which have a lot to offer in terms of shopping, services, etc.
I was 36 weeks pregnant when we moved and had a homebirth with Rose & Ian Penwell (www.thenaturalalternativemidwifery.com
). I also second the recommendation for The Baby Place (www.thebabyplacehome.com
) although they are so busy at the birth center, they don't do homebirths. Also check out www.idahomidwives.org
. I don't know if you are aware, but Idaho passed legislation last spring and will soon be licensing direct-entry midwives. I think you basically have to be a CPM to be licensed, though, with a few narrow exceptions.
If you need any recommendations for doctors, chiros, churches, grocery stores, etc, let me know.
There are a TON of homeschooling resources in Idaho. Someone emailed me a list when I first moved here, and I am just going to cut & paste it for you below :www.homeschoolidaho.com
(Idaho Home Educators Assoc.--resource listings)http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SIHI
(Southwest Idaho Homeschooling Information)firstname.lastname@example.org
(Lee Anne Tanaka coordinates the homeschool field trip group and also sends out homeschool-related announcements to about 400 families on her email list. If anything is happening for homeschoolers, Lee Anne passes the word.)www.iche-idaho.org
(Idaho Coalition of Home Educators)http://www.chois.org
(Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State)www.myhomeschool.org/cheer
(CHEER Christian homeschool support/activity group; meets monthly)www.classicalathome.com
(support group with monthly meetings/activities; conducts a huge used curriculum sale each July)www.teachcoop.com
(a co-op offering semester-long classes on Fridays)www.excelsiorcoop.org
(Christian homeschool co-op in Nampa--provides classes, activities, and presentation nights for students; website has a resource page)