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I'm Kristi and my dh and I are ttc NOW. We're moving to Riverside/San Bernardino in May and I'm looking for like-minded friends! We're planning to have a homebirth and I'd really love to have a UP/UC waterbirth. I'm hoping to meet other mama's who've done that before or who are planning to do it! I have NO truly supportive friends here and my dh is only so "into" it. Any takers?<br><br>
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Hi Kristi! I'm in Corona, on the western border of the IE. We had a birth center water birth, and it was amazing. We have a very active ap group here! Here's the link: <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/apinlandempire" target="_blank">groups.yahoo.com/apinlandempire</a>. There are lots of wonderful mamas in the group, most of whom have wonderful homebirth stories. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
What city are you moving to? I look forward to meeting you soon!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi Kristi! I'm in Corona, on the western border of the IE. We had a birth center water birth, and it was amazing. We have a very active ap group here! Here's the link: <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/apinlandempire" target="_blank">groups.yahoo.com/apinlandempire</a>. There are lots of wonderful mamas in the group, most of whom have wonderful homebirth stories. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
What city are you moving to? I look forward to meeting you soon!</div>
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Hi Erica! We're probably moving to Riverside, so we'll be next door neighbors! My dh will be transferring to a school in Riverside and we'll be getting a place with a friend (named Erica, btw!) from there, so it seems to make sense.<br><br>
Since we just recently started ttc, I'm only now studying parenting styles and pregnancy issues now. I'm really interested in AP parenting, and although I probably won't adopt all the AP stances on things, I would classify myself as AP more than anything else. Do you think I'd be welcome in AP groups, etc. if I'm not on board 100%? My differences will be pretty minor, but you never know.<br><br>
My dream would be to have a UC homebirth. I'm trying to build up courage and get healthy so this can happen for us (oh yeah, and I'm trying to convince dh!), but I'm really excited. That's one reason I want to meet mamas who've gone a non-hospital route.<br><br>
I love reading birth stores, and I'll probably check on the IEAP group on Yahoo. Thanks a bunch! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since we just recently started ttc, I'm only now studying parenting styles and pregnancy issues now. I'm really interested in AP parenting, and although I probably won't adopt all the AP stances on things, I would classify myself as AP more than anything else. Do you think I'd be welcome in AP groups, etc. if I'm not on board 100%? My differences will be pretty minor, but you never know.Kristi</div>
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You will definitely be wecome! There's no test you have to take to makesure you are ap enough! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Hi Kristi,<br>
I'm in Pomona, which is about as far along the western IE boarder as you can get! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Basically, I'm approximately 30 miles west of Riverside. I was an unplanned UC -- waterbirth. I got my dh to agree to a homebirth, but he didn't feel comfortable going UC. Kinda funny, as ds came faster than my MW anticipated and arrived about 30 minutes before she did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway, feel free to pm me. I'm usually on during work hours... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since we just recently started ttc, I'm only now studying parenting styles and pregnancy issues now. I'm really interested in AP parenting, and although I probably won't adopt all the AP stances on things, I would classify myself as AP more than anything else. Do you think I'd be welcome in AP groups, etc. if I'm not on board 100%?<br>
...I want to meet mamas who've gone a non-hospital route.<br>
Kristi</div>
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Hi Kristi! Like Rikki Jean said ... AP isn't a checklist <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ... it's about being responsive and respectful with our children. It's about communication and connection. At least that's how I see it. How I've *come* to see it. I also don't see it as being just for the babywearing/breastfeeding/bedsharing years. I think it goes deeper and is for a lifetime. It's about relationship! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalAPFamilies" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalAPFamilies</a> group also has some folks in the Inland Empire and Riverside.<br><br>
One group's been mentioned and I'll repeat it and list some others:<br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/APInlandEmpire" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/APInlandEmpire</a><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/APPomonaValley" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/APPomonaValley</a> (for someone who posted they'rein Pomona, I think)<br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IEAH" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IEAH</a> -- homeschooling group<br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IEAPH" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IEAPH</a> -- homeschooling group<br><br>
I've heard such wonderful things about the APIE group!<br><br>
Two other avenues for meeting mamas who've gone off the mainstream path as far as birth:<br><br>
---La Leche League<br><a href="http://www.lllusa.org/web/RiversideCA.html" target="_blank">http://www.lllusa.org/web/RiversideCA.html</a><br><br>
---ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)<br><a href="http://ican-online.org" target="_blank">http://ican-online.org</a><br><a href="http://www.freewebs.com/ieican/" target="_blank">http://www.freewebs.com/ieican/</a> -- Inland Empire Chapter<br><br>
Don't let the "cesarean" part throw you off. It's a great mother support organization, helping women learn their many birth choices that the doctors often won't get into. It's a great network full of people who know the resources available -- the birthing centers, the birth attendants, the more natural-leaning practitioners, etc.<br><br>
Hope your pregnancy and move go outstandingly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Rainbow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rainbow peace">
 

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I should have also included:<br><a href="http://www.lllusa.org/web/InlandEmpireCA.html" target="_blank">http://www.lllusa.org/web/InlandEmpireCA.html</a>
 
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