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<p>Hello all! My family is currently living in New Zealand, but we'll be moving back to the US in the next few months. My husband is interviewing for a position in the Blacksburg/Radford area, and so far it's looking very promising on both ends. So, in prep for possibly/probably moving there in a few months, I have a TON of questions! Any help is appreciated!</p>
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<p>1) Are there any homeschool groups in that area? We are a Messianic family, so would probably lean towards a Christian based group, but I'd rather have an active inclusive group than a Christian one with nothing going on. :)</p>
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<p>2) Any non-vax friendly peds in that area?</p>
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<p>3) Recs for a homebirth midwife? I'm 16 weeks now, and unfortunately, I'll probably be mid 20s or later before we know for sure whether we will have the position or not. I know that's super late in the game to find a homebirth midwife, but I'm hopful! If it matters, my first two were born in a FSBC in NC, and my last was a homebirth. I'm a doula and LLL Leader myself, so I'm a very easy client!</p>
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<p>4) Any recs for a pediatric endocrinologist? Our middle son will need one asap for his growth hormone deficiency.</p>
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<p>5) Anything else an AP mama should know about the area? Local farms with raw milk/meat/CSAs I should check out? Any AP playgroups or whatnot?</p>
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<p>Thank you in advance!</p>
 

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<p>I missed this when it was posted. I'm in Blacksburg. I'll just post some links that may be helpful,  and you can ask any questions, or pm me.</p>
<p>Local yahoo groups:</p>
<p>Blacksburg:</p>
<p><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HENRV/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HENRV/</a></p>
<p>Radford:</p>
<p><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Explore_Now/?yguid=234065455" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Explore_Now/?yguid=234065455</a></p>
<p>New River Valley:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.homeschool-life.com/va/nrvche/" target="_blank">http://www.homeschool-life.com/va/nrvche/</a></p>
<p>Farmer's market:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blacksburgfarmersmarket.com/" target="_blank">http://www.blacksburgfarmersmarket.com/</a></p>
<p>Natural foods stores in Blacksburg:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.eatsnaturalfoods.com/" target="_blank">http://www.eatsnaturalfoods.com/</a></p>
<p><a href="http://local.yahoo.com/info-12873225-annie-kay-s-main-street-market-blacksburg" target="_blank">http://local.yahoo.com/info-12873225-annie-kay-s-main-street-market-blacksburg</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.oasisworldmarket.com/" target="_blank">http://www.oasisworldmarket.com/</a></p>
<p>CSA's:</p>
<p><a href="http://csa.7springsfarm.com/" target="_blank">htt</a><a href="http://csa.7springsfarm.com/" target="_blank">p://csa.7springsfarm.com/</a></p>
<p><a href="http://vagrown.vi.virginia.gov/product.aspx?pid=56120" target="_blank">http://vagrown.vi.virginia.gov/product.aspx?pid=56120</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.waterbearfarm.com/" target="_blank">http://www.waterbearfarm.com/</a></p>
<p>Midwife:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.wellroundedmoms.com/new/tiki-index.php" target="_blank">http://www.wellroundedmoms.com/new/tiki-index.php</a></p>
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<p>I'm sure that there are lots of other links that I could post, but can't think of rignt now.</p>
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<p>I have had a horrible time finding non-vax friendly docs - I go to Academic Peds and see Hope Tobey.  She is understanding and nice about it but does try to talk you about them, you will just have to sign a form stating you decline.  I left NRV Peds crying once because the doctor told me I was a bad parent.  I am actually shocked that this area doesn't have a practice that is more understanding.  </p>
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<p>Good luck!</p>
 

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<p>Yeah! I recommend Dr. Bradford for selective vax or whatever because she really respects a parents choices. Second choice would be Dr. Badillo. As for midwives: Wanda Smith and Crystal Mussleman are the best for homebirths. They have an awesome Moms group that meets once a month too and lots of "crunchy" moms from the area go. My hubby wasn't comfortable with not having oxygen available for a homebirth so we used Hannah Mann. She is awesome too and she's a christian which can help when you are in labor and losing faith! I had complications though and had to go to the hospital. If you have to go to the hospital I totally recommend NRV in Radford and the awesome staff and lactation consultants there. Also Sherri Doss is the midwife at the hospital and her team is excellent! I'm not a fan of Dr. Swaim. Jannessa would be my second choice for a hospital birth. Roberts 3rd. I had very serious complications so I got to meet everybody. These are just my opinions but among people with similar values (natural parenting and living) most of them say the same thing.<br>
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