Go on. You know you want to.
Whether or not to attend a mothers’ group after your baby is born can be quite a polarising issue.
Some mothers can’t wait and others just aren’t interested at all.
I do wonder if this is due in part to the sort of urban myth that mothers’ groups are hot-beds of mummy judgment and full of babies who sleep through the night. And while I know of some women whose experience of mothers’ group have been negative, most can’t speak of them highly enough – myself included. So, if you’re not sure if going along to a group is really your “thing” here are 5 reasons why you should consider giving one a try:
1. Tips and tricks.
Seriously, who has the time or energy to read baby books, especially given many of them only contradict one another. And that’s where the encyclopaedic knowledge bank that is a group full of slightly clueless new mothers, is so useful. There’s something pretty special about navigating new motherhood alongside other women, sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t. Passing on collective wisdom from midwives, early childhood nurses, grandmothers, friends of friends and 2am “how do I get my baby to sleep?” Google searches.
I was constantly amazed at the compassion and support that came from within my group as we tossed around ideas and suggestions when another mum was struggling. And we were all that mum at some point.
An accusation often directed at new parents is that they become “boring" after having kids. While I don’t think this is particularly fair, mothers’ group does provide a forum to go for gold on topics that might cause other friends in your life to glaze over or swear off parenthood forever.
Poo/vomit disasters, cracked nipples and birth stories are all very welcome and often serve as completely acceptable icebreakers in the early days of getting to know fellow mums. For some women, mothers’ groups result in brief bonds formed with similarly sleep-deprived women with nothing in common but a postcode and when their babies were born. For others, life-long friendships are forged. My own mother still has friends from when she attended mothers’ group when I was a baby three decades ago. And there are a number of lovely women from my own group, who I hope will be part of my life for just as long.