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Old 05-06-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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I am 6 months pregnant and have a wonderful midwife and beautiful waterbirthing center here in Minnesota for my delivery this August, though I was kind of hoping to relocate before then. (I don't think I can survive another winter here, much less with a newborn.) I searched for midwives and waterbirth services in Greenville and found that Blessed Births is the only birthing center in the ENTIRE STATE?! Is it really possible for South Carolina to be so far behind? Does a local hospital offer natural birthing alternatives or midwife services and I'm just not finding it? Or, has anyone visited the Blessed Birth center? I must be spoiled because their pictures don't impress me at all... I'm actually quite disappointed with their entire website: Blessed Births - Midwife Birthing in Greenville, SC Maybe I should just stay in Minnesota until after my baby is born?

Also, I'm dying to know if there is a Farmer's Market anywhere nearby. I love locally grown foods and organic produce so not having a farmer's market would nearly be a deal breaker. I looked at South Carolina - Eat Wild and South Carolina Resources - Eat Wild -- Found some local farms but no organic grocery stores or farmer's markets to speak of. Does anyone have some insider info I'm missing?

Are there any family doctors or pediatricians that support natural lifestyles? Such as nutrition over medication, alternative medicine, not pressuring a parent to vaccinate their child, etc.

Are there any stores that specialize in organic products? A place to buy natural toothpaste, diapers, hair products, vitamins, whole grains... or any food co-ops?

Recycling centers?

Green builders?

If you can answer any of the questions above or offer some general information about natural/green living in the Greenville area, I would really appreciate it! My independent research isn't bringing up much, and with a name like Greenville you'd think there would be all kinds of stuff!
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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I'm not living in Greenville yet.......but I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised to hear that they have lots of natural food grocery stores (from what I've heard)......I asked a similar question on here before.

Many people will be able to answer this question in more detail for you like Skyliner or G-man ........hey fellas.......it's all yours........LOL
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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Kayaklin, I will post an in-depth reply in a few hours, which I am confident will put your apprehension to rest.
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I would help, but I don't even know what a waterbirth service is. LOL.
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:58 PM
 
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I was able to find a "pre-order and pick-up" health food deal at the West End Coffee House. Meat, eggs, seasonal veggies and herbs which is great news. I can't wait to read what you have to write, Skyliner, and thank you so much in advance for taking the time to answer my questions.

Edit: Waterbirth is an alternative birthing method where you can deliver your baby in a large bathtub of water. The soothing and relaxing properties of warm water help ease your muscles for delivery and also gives a smooth transition for the baby.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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Kayaklin and everyone else, here is a short list including only some of the many natural living options in the Greenville area:

Farmers Markets & Natural Food Retailers (not all are included)
  • Greenville State Farmers Market (2 page document) - Rutherford Road, Greenville
  • Carolina First Saturday Market - Main Street, Greenville
  • Whole Foods Market (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/greenville/index.html - broken link) - Woodruff Road, Greenville
  • Earth Fare - Pelham Road, Greenville
  • Garner's Natural Market & Café - East Antrim Drive, Greenville (anyone know why their website is down?)
  • The Fresh Market - East North Street, Greenville (relocating to South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville)
  • Market For Life - Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville/Taylors
  • Potts Natural Food Store - North Pleasantburg Drive @ State Park Road, Greenville
  • Happy Cow Creamery - Ware Place
  • Bob and Lisa's Produce - S.C. 81, Powdersville/Wren
  • Bee Well Honey Farm & Natural Market - S.C. 8, Pickens
  • The Happy Berry - Six Mile
  • Beachwood Farm - Marietta (one of the largest you-pick farms in the Upstate)

Other Natural Products & Services
Environmentally Friendly Residential (tough to limit examples)
I need to speak with a friend about local midwifery, since she planned to use one recently and seems to be in touch with those who have the knowledge.

I hope this will help you feel less apprehensive about the area. I know this is not nearly as extensive as it could be, but I am short on time and wanted to point out a few key businesses selling natural/organic foods and supplies. There are many other businesses and organizations in the area, plus several organic products are sold at most local chain supermarkets.

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Old 05-07-2008, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Fountain Inn SC
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Here's another Water Birth Center. Carolina WaterBirth
They were very helpful to me, check your PM. Seems like a very nice facility. Good luck in your search!
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I don't have much time, but we do recycle here. Within city limits, they pick it up at the curb, but there are recycling centers as well:

Recycling | Solid Waste Division (http://www.greenvillecounty.org/Solid_Waste/Recycling/ - broken link)

Another interesting place we've gone to:

Qi Mountain - Home
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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Thanks for the info everyone!! I'm especially delighted with the Saturday Market and berry farm. The Elements development sounds quite nice as well. I still wish there were more options for natural labor and delivery. I guess home birth is always on the list.
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:46 PM
 
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Are you by chance a self-proclaimed hippy? just asking.
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