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DH and I are looking to move. North Carolina is on our list!<br><br>
We're wondering about the generaly feel of the Chapel hill area - are people pro breastfeeding or is it going to be a fight?<br><br>
Are there groups for baby carriers?<br><br>
What about Co-ops? Farmers markets?<br><br>
Weather typical in winter, spring, summer, fall?<br><br>
I'm a doula - (postpartum) - have the general population even heard of doulas? (not that they actually know in Phoenix......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: )<br><br>
Hiking / Outdoor activities - what kinds?<br><br>
Local events - jazz festivals, walk/runs, museums, zoos, parks - what's around?<br><br>
Thanks for answering any questions!<br><br>
Kim
 

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Hi! I'm in Durham but thought I'd jump in with some thoughts. There are lots of CHers around here, though, so you should get plenty of feedback. In short, CH is an amazing place, a haven of non-southernness (except in all the good ways!). You'll fit right in!<br><br>
To answer specific questions:<br><br><b>We're wondering about the generaly feel of the Chapel hill area - are people pro breastfeeding or is it going to be a fight?</b> This is a pretty pro-bfing area, in my experience. Obviously it's mixed in the general population, and you have to find a good ped, like everywhere in the US, but it won't be a fight. I see people NIP around the Triangle all the time.<br><br><b>Are there groups for baby carriers?</b> <a href="http://www.trianglebabywearers.com/" target="_blank">Triangle Baby Wearers</a><br><br><b>What about Co-ops? Farmers markets?</b> YES and YES! <a href="http://www.weaverstreetmarket.com/" target="_blank">Weaver St Market</a> is an amazing and active coop with a great lawn that's a general hangout area; there are great <a href="http://carrborofarmersmarket.com/" target="_blank">farmers markets</a> in CH, Carrboro, Durham and Raleigh.<br><br><b>Weather typical in winter, spring, summer, fall?</b> Check out weatherchannel.com for averages. The weather is quite mild, overall: high in Jan/Feb probably averages in the low 50s, snow about 4 times a year (though the last 2 years we've had none); in summer, temps in the 90s and huuuuuumid, but bearable. Lovely fall and spring.<br><br><b>I'm a doula - (postpartum) - have the general population even heard of doulas? (not that they actually know in Phoenix...... )</b> Yes, I'd say they're fairly well-known. My neighbor is totally non-crunchy and had a doula for both her births. There's a great <a href="http://www.ncbirthcenter.com/" target="_blank">birth center</a> in CH, too, the only one in the state.<br><br><b>Hiking / Outdoor activities - what kinds?</b> Lots and lots and lots. Too many to mention, but there are loads of great state parks, rivers, lakes, etc around. The beach is about 2 hours away, mountains maybe 3-4.<br><br><b>Local events - jazz festivals, walk/runs, museums, zoos, parks - what's around?</b> Lots of all of these--maybe others can fill in some details. You can check out the <a href="http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/" target="_blank">Independent</a> for weekly happenings.<br><br>
Hope that helps! It's a great place to live--CH can get a bit yuppified sometimes or in some places, but the Triangle is great. Don't forget to check out Durham, too!!!! It's cheaper and still cool, and only about 15 mins from CH.
 

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I'm in CH. Xanadu Mama already did a great job answering most of your questions and pinky is right...just do a search and you'll turn up tons of stuff.<br><br>
We moved here a little less than 1 yr ago and love it. We'd love to have another MDC mama in the area!! I'll pm you and we can talk more about doula and other birthy stuff.
 

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if you're coming from phoenix, the humidity in the summer is going to knock your socks off if you haven't been in it before. at its peak it's like just stepping out of a shower into a steamy bathroom. i mean phoenix is hot (i was there one sept/oct when it was about 110), but humidity you've not got. we usually hover near or over the 100 degree mark a couple of times a summer, but the rest of the time it's in the 80s/90s. i'm sure you can handle the heat, but coupled with the humidity it's a lot more intense. i think they give "heat indices" or something like that as a counterpart to winter "wind chill factors". a 95 degree day might have a heat index of 105 or something.<br><br>
i'd put our snowfall more at about 1 or 2 times a year and often it's just a dusting. with this crazy global warming weather we've had a few whopper snow storms (13 and 20 inches 5 or 6 yrs ago), but that's crazy out of the norm and i've lived in this general neck of NC for 41 years.<br><br>
as far as the crunchy factor, well, i'll put it this way. we recently had our API chapter dissolve and i think part of the reason was because it was just too easy to find like-minded AP mamas. it just seemed like there wasn't as much need for support because you can just go out to the lawn at weaver street market in nice weather and usually find a sling-totin', baby-nursing mama or three. i imagine the API group may re-form at some point and there are several different LLL chapters as well as a mother's club that has a lot of crunchies.<br><br>
for amenities, chapel hill and carrboro have a good system of city parks and some nice greenways/bike paths. they're small towns, though. we have a new small, but nice kids' museum that is looking for larger space -- <a href="http://www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org/" target="_blank">http://www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org/</a> . chapel hill also has the morehead planetarium (<a href="http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org" target="_blank">www.moreheadplanetarium.org</a>) and some nice art galleries and museums and a really nice botanical garden - <a href="http://ncbg.unc.edu" target="_blank">http://ncbg.unc.edu</a>.<br><br>
durham has a fantastic childrens' (& parents') museum that's about 30 minutes from downtown chapel hill so easily doable -- <a href="http://www.ncmls.org" target="_blank">www.ncmls.org</a> .<br><br>
there's a great zoo in asheboro which is about an hour and 15 minutes from chapel hill -- <a href="http://www.nczoo.org" target="_blank">www.nczoo.org</a>.<br><br><a href="http://www.weaverstreetmarket.com" target="_blank">weaver street market</a> has music on the lawn on thursday nights and sunday mornings.<br><br>
the nc museum of art in raleigh (45 minutes or so away) has a movies and music on the lawn series in the summer -- <a href="http://www.ncartmuseum.org" target="_blank">www.ncartmuseum.org</a> .<br><br>
my fave link for folks interested in NC is <a href="http://www.northcarolinatravels.com/" target="_blank">http://www.northcarolinatravels.com/</a> although it's not necessarily from a parenting perspective. <a href="http://www.chapelhillmothersclub.org" target="_blank">www.chapelhillmothersclub.org</a> has a nice site, too.<br><br>
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The other mamas already answered a lot of your questions, but just wanted to say we moved here about 2 years ago and we love it. I haven't gotten to make as many IRL mama friends as I'd like due to DS having a weird schedule for a while that made playdates/playgroups/LLL meetings tough to do, and now I have a DD that despises the car. That said, I *often* see babywearing mamas out and about, and see moms NIP, especially in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.<br><br>
When DH and I were visiting here and contemplating our move, our big epiphany came sitting on the Weaver Street Market lawn LOL. We were just out there, with lots of kids running around us, people just enjoying life, dancing, etc. and we just felt at home. I can't explain it. It really just clicked that we wanted to be here. Weaver Street has various music on their lawn (like a park) on Thursday evenings and Jazz brunch on Sunday mornings. Both are a lot of fun. You'll see adults and kids hula hooping, dancing, and enjoying life. Kids climbing trees, doing cartwheels. Adults enjoying a bottle of wine outside. It is a very cool place and a nice place to meet similarly minded folks.<br><br>
Hillsborough is a small town just outside CH and we're now getting a Weaver Street co-op out here too opening in the fall of 08. Durham has a co-op. CH and Durham both have Whole Foods. There is a Trader Joe's in Cary, and one coming to CH in a few months.<br><br>
I love that there are tons of cultural/music type events around all of the time, many free of charge and kid-friendly. You get a lot of what big cities have in a smaller city atmosphere. We just went to a free Jazz festival two weekends ago, followed by a "Pops in the Park" concert given by the Durham Symphony a day later. We regularly go to the Carolina Inn for their "Fridays on the Front Porch" which is free bluegrass music. Lots of kids running around. Saw a few mamas NIP <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I haven't been to it yet but there was a big festival 2 weeks ago called shakori Hills that is supposed to be pretty amazing (music, art, lots of kid activities).<br><br>
The museums rock. We love the museum of life and science in Durham (where I've NIP many a day) as several PPs mentioned. The natural history museum in Raleigh is awesome. There is also Playspace in Raleigh (I haven't made it there w/ DS yet). I believe that is a kid museum set up with kid sized grocery store, restaurant, etc. for them to play in.<br><br>
There are cool independent toy stores. There is a Waldorf School just outside of Chapel Hill that also has a store. There are a few places nearby that now sell cloth dipes, slings, etc. in brick and mortar stores. The Birth Center in Chapel Hill is great and that's a wonderful opportunity for a doula...and I think the not-super-crunchy folks around here probably still use doulas a good bit.<br><br>
For Parks, there are tons. Duke Forest has some nice hiking/biking trails. Pullen Park in Raleigh has a really old awesome carousel and a train ride for kids (haven't been there yet but it is on my wish list of things to do). There's the Eno River park, there's Umstead out toward Cary. We like camping at Jordan Lake a lot. The beach is 3ish hours away but an (IMO) easy drive.<br><br>
Tons of CSAs. The farmer's markets are real farmer's markets (I moved here from PA where farmer's markets often had produce imported from far away and they just sold it cheap). Here, they are pretty picky about who they let in. The Carrboro Farmer's market is great (they also have crafts markets periodically and a "totally free market" which is like a giant freecycle I think). Hillsborough's twice weekly farmer's market has now grown and you can get free range, essentially organic eggs, artisanal cheeses, homemade breads, biodynamically produced meat, free range chicken, and pesticide/herbicide free produce even though it is pretty tiny in comparison to Carrboro's farmer's market. I know Durham has a farmer's market too...and I think there's one right at Duke?
 

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We love Chapel Hill. Sorry for caps in reply below, I'm just trying to make the answers look different from the q's (AND THERE'S A SLEEPING BABY ON MY LAP WHO JUST PEED ON ME <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">DH and I are looking to move. North Carolina is on our list!<br><br>
We're wondering about the generaly feel of the Chapel hill area - are people pro breastfeeding or is it going to be a fight?<br><br>
LOTS OF BREASTFEEDING<br><br>
Are there groups for baby carriers?<br><br>
YES - TRIANGLE BABYWEARERS<br><br>
What about Co-ops? Farmers markets?<br>
YES- YUM! CSAs, DURHAM, RALEIGH,CHAPEL HILL, HILLSBOROUGH AND PITTSBORO ALL HAVE FMR MKTS. WEAVER STREET MARKET IS A FOOD COOP.<br><br>
Weather typical in winter, spring, summer, fall?<br>
HOT IN SUMMER, BEAUTIFUL ALL OTHER TIMES (MILD WINTERS, BUT IT CAN GET COLD...)<br><br>
I'm a doula - (postpartum) - have the general population even heard of doulas? (not that they actually know in Phoenix......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: )<br>
SEEMS TO ME LOTS OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT DOULAS.<br><br>
Hiking / Outdoor activities - what kinds?<br>
HIKING, BIKING, GREENWAY TRAILS, STATE PARKS NEARBY<br><br>
Local events - jazz festivals, walk/runs, museums, zoos, parks - what's around?<br>
LOTS OF THINGS TO DO<br><br>
Thanks for answering any questions!<br><br>
Kim</div>
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