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Hi mamas!<br><br>
I am trying to get a feel for the area ( am a Carolina girl south not north but all Carolina is my home!). I won't be moving to the area until summer 2012 if all goes as plans BUT I am about to start by childbirth educator training. If I was staying in this area of WA I know exactly which certifier I would go through but I am not as certain when it comes to the Triangle area. What is the birthing community at large like? Is homebirth and/or natural birth (even in a hospital setting) common or are the majority medicated hospital births? Is the community open to alternative birthing options?<br><br>
What about the schools? For some of my children we are looking at the Jordan Lake Sudbury but I have a few kids who love and thrive in the public school so know they would prefer to stick to traditional education. Would love to hear more about the schools and community at large as we prepare for our move <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd say the vast majority of people go for the medicalized hospital birth. But there is still a big community of people who home birth, or go to the birth center, or try to have a natural hospital birth. The triangle has the only free standing birth center in NC (though there is one in SC really close to Charlotte). I've had no trouble finding a community of like-minded woman, both through MDC and also through the birth class that I took before L was born. Actually just had brunch with one of my birth class mamas today and talked about all sorts of crunchy stuff and nursed in public. All that good stuff.<br><br>
So... we may not be the majority. But we're here.
 

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Glad to hear there is a crunchy community <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It does help to know the majority go for the hospital birth which gives me an idea of which direction to go with my certification while still also being able to work in the natural birth/home birth groups as well. Dual or even triple certification here i come LOL
 

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Thank you Krista! I have been reading up a lot on the area and I have fallen madly deeply in love with it. I so wish I culd fast forward two years and be there now!
 

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe SC laws are friendlier to homebirth than NC laws. In NC I'm pretty sure for a Midwife to attend a homebirth legally she needs to be a CNM with MD back-up. There are a few of those around and there are a few CPMs around, too, who practice, but not out in the open. I _think_ CPM midwives can attend births legally in SC, but I could be wrong on that.<br><br>
The Triangle does have a vibrant natural living/birthing community even if we don't have great laws. The Women's Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill is great and folks travel from all over to get care and have babies there.<br><br>
The Jordan Lake Sudbury is very new. I wasn't sure they actually got it off the ground as I heard the first site they looked at didn't perk, but I guess they did.<br><br>
There are some other good alternative schools in the area, too, though none quite as "free" as Sudbury. (Love that come whenever you like policy.)<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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