Specifically, I need to know about schools, crunchy community, and prices of living.<br><br>
Do you love it there? Hate it?<br><br>
How's the status of licensed midwifery? Any thoughts on the birth climate in RI?
We've only lived here for a year and a half and came from Vermont. It is NOT as crunchy as Vermont.<br>
Midwives are not legally allowed to attend home births<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> as far as I know. Which totally sucks for me right now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
It's really expensive- condos go for around $200,000- $300,000 and houses are usually more. We rent and that is bad too. WE also live in Providence and in the East Side which is more expensive tham other areas.<br>
Supposedly the public schools are not that great. My ds is too young to attend. I know that most are pretty ethnically and racially diverse, which is a plus I think. They are just not very good in Providence. There are many private schools here though.<br><br>
That said, we really like Providence. There's a lot going on. A cool children's museum. Lots of kids. Lots of parks. People are friendly and laid back (not crunchy though).<br>
I think the outer lying towns might be better for raising kids, but I really don't know.<br>
Hope this helps!
Actually, I lived on the East Side for many years and was surrounded by crunchy mama's! They are there...There's even 2 Whole Foods stores. heh heh. I was a member of the Unitarian church on the East Side and that is how I met most of my crunchy friends.<br>
I love the arts community of the East Side. It is fabulous! But, housing on the East Side IS pretty steep.<br>
A wonderful place to raise a family is the Edgewood section of Cranston. This is on the border of Providence. Edgewood is gorgeous. Lots of victorian homes, very wide streets, friendly people...AND good schools! I would love to move back to Edgewood. It's on Narrangansett Bay so you can smell the soft salt water breeze when the windows are open. Oooh, I'm getting so homesick!<br>
You can get an idea of housing prices (buy or rent) if you go to Craigslist (providence). Look for Edgewood or the East Side.<br><br>
There ARE other great places in RI but those two are my favorites.<br><br>
Ps. I'm hoping to be able to find a nice, safe and inexpensive apt in RI soon. Still searching!
I don't live in Providence (I'm in South County) but I can share a bit about the birth climate...<br><br>
I have taught prenatal yoga for the last 3 years and trained as a doula (though I have not practiced because I had my DD shortly after).<br><br>
Last April I started the RI Birth Network. We meet monthly with the intention of promoting/celebrating gentle birth options in RI. The meetings have been growing each month and we now have a consistent 25+ people who attend.<br><br>
I have a good friend (a midwife and one of my birth network board members) who is working very hard to increase access to homebirth in the state (right now, as a PP said, homebirth is legal but very inaccessible because MWs who attend risk losing their license). She's politically savy and making herself and her cause known to any state official and politician she can get herself in front of.<br><br>
What's happening in the hopsitals is pretty scary (c/s rate of 30% plus)....way too many inductions etc. That being said...I had a beautiful, natural hosptial birth at a community hospital with my DD and am planning to do the same with this babe.<br><br>
So...what is the climate? It's certainly NOT Washington State or New Mexico...sigh. But there is a growing movement of doulas, midwives, parents and others who want to see it improve!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
~Erin<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
Oh man... Houses here a so much less expensive! There is very little chance we could buy. My husband is a teacher; potentially will be working up there (he's fallen in love with the "Met" schools). We're just in the thinking stages, though. I'm very rooted where I am. It looks like a fun place to live!<br><br>
Thanks for the tips!
Yup....housing costs here are out of control. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We were so lucky that we bought our house over 5 years ago. We could never afford to buy it now.<br><br>
But...one thing to keep in mind is that Providence is commutable (sp?) from just about anywhere in RI, and southern Mass., northwestern CT. You definitely don't have to live in Providence to work there.<br><br>
We're down in South County and my DH commutes to East Providence every day...it's about 40-45 min. Providence is less...more like 30-35.<br><br>
(Not that houses are any cheaper where I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> )<br><br>
I've heard great things about the Met and know a couple of people who work there (or used to work there). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
Amanda - I'm stalking you! Delete this thread and get those foolish thoughts out of your messed up head. You will NOT be moving up there! Are you insane? You haven't even discussed this with me yet! I don't care about what Curtis is interested in doing. It's MY feelings that matter the most! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
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You and I may be on the same page. It's a four year commitment. I might feel okay about a one year commitment, but FOUR YEARS?