Hi! We just moved here two months ago from a progressive community in the Chicago suburbs, and I'm feeling kind of lost in Auburn. (We came sight-unseen, and we're renting a home our realtor chose for us in Lakeland Hills). We try to live really simply (delayed vaxing, homeschool, no television, quiet religious life), and I don't know the first place to meet people who have the same values of simplicity that we do. Add to that, I just found out I'm pregnant with our fourth (!) and need a midwife and doula recommendation! I'm happy to socialize with lots of different kinds of people, but, being new, I'm getting kind of weary of having to defend our choices to homeschool, eating healthy, etc etc [fill in the blank].
Any suggestions?! Since we're renting, we have the freedom to move to a different area too, if that would help. DH's new job is in Federal Way, so as long as it's driving distance from there, I'd be up for it to be in a community somewhat like the one we left in Illinois.
Auburn can be kind of rough for simplistic parenting, I think, but I do have a couple of friends that live in Lakeland Hills who are AP and really sweet people. I used to live in Sumner (just south of Auburn), but we moved to north Tacoma in April and LOVE it! Our Tacoma AP meetup group is very active and has a lot of great mamas and kids. There's a lot of choices for schools and SOO many things to do here. My midwife was Ann Olsen, who is based in Enumclaw, but sees clients in Tacoma as well. She is simply the best; we love her to pieces! My doula is in Sumner, and she is amazing as well (Sara Farthing). I hope this helped a little; PM me if you want to talk more... Also, welcome to the area! ;-)
Sara, wife to Nathan, mommy to Mabel 6/25/07 and Malcolm 5/13/10
We're in Auburn as well and homeschool (secular). I also teach babywearing including educator certification courses :). Patti Ramos is a great doula (and very well connected so could recommend great mw's too) in Tacoma. You can find her at www.pattiramos.com. There's not a whole lot of crunchy-ness around birth/babies right in Auburn. My doula was actually Tina Dos Santos from Tender Touch Doula Services (she's in Bonney Lake but works all over the area) and she was great as well.
As for homeschooling, there are lots of Christian co-ops and groups. You can find a listing and lots of other info at www.washhomeschool.org. Hope that helps :)
Tanja ~ SAH/WAHM babywearing teaching,co-sleeping, homeschooling, food sensitivity detective mama to two great little people who are not so little any more and owner of the Babywearing Institute Northwest ~ Spreading Babywearing Love & Learning