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I'm about two hours away in Corning! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi! I live right near the zoo! I have 4 children! I also breastfeed and have 1 to 2 children in bad with us everynight. Where in Buffalo do you live? I am always looking for new friends. I used to homeschool, but don't any longer. I babysit in my home and could not teach with 2 toddlers and a baby.<br>
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Hey Robin! Glad to have someone so close by! I'm a member at the Zoo (although I haven't gone since the cold weather came<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ). My parents and inlaws live in Amherst and Adam and I are intown usually 4 days out of 7 because my husband works in the Williamsville area. But, we actually live in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area. How old are you four sweeties? Who knows, maybe we could get together for a zoo meetup when the weather gets warm.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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My husband and I went to SUNY @ Fredonia and we still visit a friend there. I have always wanted to live in that area.<br>
My children are 8, 6, 3 and in 5 days 1. We would love to go to the zoo some time. It is less than .4 miles away.<br>
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Oh, wow, I'm also from the Chautauqua County region, south of Buffalo! I'm a homebirthing (unassisted), breastfeeding, non-vaxing, non circing, baby wearing fool. I have 3 kids, 15 mos (boy), 3 y/o (girl), and 5 ½ y/o (girl). I'm going to school for Nursing, and I'm going to become a Certified Nurse Midwife, and open up a free standing birthing center in the area! I went through training to be a doula, but didn't attend any births (you know this area's cesarean section rate and doctor god complex rate is VERY high).<br><br>
Hey, is anybody going to see The Vagina Monologues at SUNY Fredonia? It should be very soon. I'm going with a bunch of friends, but we can always meet up.<br><br>
Well, it's great to see others within a 100 mile radius of me are here! LOL!
 

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That is terrific that you would like to open a birthing center here. I had three of my four children with a midwife. It was a wonderful experience. My fourth birth I was so calm through the labor that I would have had the baby at the mall had my husband not insisted we go to the hospital. When I got there I was 8cms and I had the baby in less that an hour. I was soo quick they were talking about it in the halls. I don't feel comfortable having my baby at home, but I would have gone to a birthing center! I have a few friend who did home births, though.<br><br>
I also wanted to be a doula, but can't afford to just now. (Not to mention I can't leave my kids with babysitters at this point. ) How are you doing all that studying with three kids? Maybe when you open your birthcenter, I could come work for you and train on the side. I stongly believe that giving birth does not have to be this screaming, cursing scene you see on tv. If it were not for the nine monthes of torture I would have another baby. I love giving birth!<br>
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A relative has been watching the kids until recently while I'm at school and dh's at work. It amounts to about 15 hours a week. I study while I'm at work. I have a simple job where I can do my homework at work. So, dh's home with the kids while I'm doing my homework at work. It works out great.<br><br>
I would like to help get the laws changed in NY state to allow lay midwives to practice legally, especially with all the Amish around here.<br><br>
Trust me, you'll be hearing a lot from/about me in about 10 years regarding midwifery, homebirth, and the birthing center.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Hey journey! It's great to see someone else from Chautauqua county. When is the Vagina Monologues showing? Our home is about 15 minutes away from the Fredonia. I've yet to see it.<br>
That's so neat that you're trying to get into midwifery!!! I'm currently 14 weeks along and had been debating homebirth. But, my husband is really really uncomfortable with the idea. And I have to admit my hospital birth with DS was a really good experience. Although now that I know more I'd do certain things differently. I really feel comfortable with my current OB (he's a pro-life DO) who is really easygoing and not pushy at all. If I didn't like him so much I'd definately be in the market for a midwife.<br>
Glad to meet you ladies!
 

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The Vagina Monologues will be at the Fredonia Opera House at 7pm, February 18, 19, and 20th. I'll tell ya right now I can't make it on the 19th. I'll talk to a few friends tomorrow to see which day will work out best for them, and then I'll PM you. It costs $10 general admission.
 
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