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I am REALLLLLY feeling the idea of moving to NM for some reason. I have never been there, but it looks beautiful and I get a magical vibe from it. I'd love any reasons we should or should not move there. Also, we are very liberal minded and pagan, and it would be great to live in a progressive area with others like ourselves (though I'd prefer to not live in Albuquerque because it will be much pricier than everywhere else). We want to live very simply in a low cost area that has progressive people- ha! Tall order <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I'm assuming midwifery is legal and I'd do fine with finding doula clients (I could just google that I suppose....)<br><br>
Tell me about NM!
 

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Visit first.<br><br><br>
Albuquerque is hardly the most expensive part of the state. You will be in for a major cultural shock. There are very open minded people but many of the small town are still very conservative.
 

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Where are the more progressive areas? I was looking at Santa Fe- maybe I need to check into the cost in Albuquerque. I assumed it was priciest since it was by a long shot the most populated city... I think what I saw was 450k or so there and the next biggest was around 70k.
 

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santa fe is very very $$ to live in. Alb is busier but cheaper to live. Alb is pretty progressive. It is huge for homebirth (in out playgroup there are multiple doulas and a few hb mw in training), easy to not vax, bf, home school etc.<br><br>
Like emans said the culture is way diff and most people are not prepared. It can be hot and windy and there are pockets of high crime areas.<br><br>
I love it here but it is not for everyone.
 

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abq is not pricey at all. we live in santa fe and its way way wayyyyy pricier. for the little house we have in santa fe you could buy a house twice the size in abq.<br>
when i first came here, it completely took my breath away. i thought that if i ever were to live in a place like this, i would never be unhappy. well, now i've lived here for about 3 years now, and that idea has proven iself to be wrong. me and my husband were talking about it the other day, and we both agreed that santa fe is nice when you have $$$$. sure there is plenty of wonderful skies and fresh air and outdoors that are free, but the high cost of living eventually gets to you.<br>
that being said, from your post i would say you'd probably enjoy TAOS area. wonderful outdoors areas, not expensive, and pretty crunchy (you should google taos earthships).<br>
ALSO they have one of the best birthing centers in TAOS. it has won many awards for it model of care and there is also midwife apprentice program that is supposed to be exceptional. In fact, my doula told me that Taos is one of the few areas in the USA when the majority of children are born OUTSIDE hospitals (home and birthing center). santa fe doesnt have a birthing center, i think abq has a couple that are hospital - affiliated.<br>
anyway, that might be a possibility for you. feel free to pm me, ill be glad to answer any qs you might have about NM.
 

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I was also thinking you might like Taos.<br><br>
We moved to NM 2 years ago from CO and love it here. Santa Fe is definitely more expensive than Albuquerque... we live in Rio Rancho, which is about halfway between ABQ and Santa Fe. I'm pretty sure housing in our city is even lower than Albuquerque - at least lower than the parts of town we were looking at (my DH works in ABQ.) I believe albuquerque has something like 800k people, whereas my city has somewhere around 80k (but growing quickly). There are smaller towns like Belen, and Bernalillo, and many more the further away from the bigger cities.<br><br>
Anyhow, there are a lot of midwives in NM, and I bet you would have no problem finding clients in most areas. Do you have kids who will attend school? B/c that might influence where you want to live. We chose our area mainly due to the school district and a particular school we thought would be a good fit (though, they changed the boundaries shortly after we moved to accommodate all the new houses built).<br><br>
Definitely come visit first. I had been here as a kid to see my grandparents (who oddly enough, lived in Rio Rancho back then and there really wasn't much in the city yet), but I hadn't been down here as an adult until we came to check it out before deciding if DH would accept the job offer. It is different, that's for sure, but very pretty and peaceful. Most of the people seem really laid back (sometimes too much so - we call it the Land of Manana). But we are definitely very happy here and moving was the best decision we ever made.
 
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