Last week I took the leap and joined a New Mother’s Group offered by my hospital. I must admit I was a bit hesitant to join. Traveling through rush hour traffic with a newborn on board, got me second guessing why I even needed to join a group at all. Plus, who knew what those other mothers would be like! Of course on the one side, I did want to meet other local mothers to see how they were dealing with the stresses of motherhood too…and maybe find a little refuge in knowing that I wasn’t alone on the journey. It would be nice to see how other rookie moms were handing the demands of breastfeeding and coping with little-to-no sleep.
So I signed up despite my fears. And I’m glad I did. It’s an excuse to get out of the house with baby to be in a safe and welcoming environment. Each week a new topic will be put out to the group for discussion. For the first week, the group pretty much focused on intros and chatting about the birth experience. It was quite a sight with all the newborns in the room — thank goodness they weren’t overly fussy!
I’m hoping that the sessions will provide an opportunity to unwind a bit while sharing stories of motherhood, and also allow me to connect and build friendships with some cool moms in the area :).
I recommend all new mommies find a similar support group too — better to discuss the hardships with those in the same boat than go at it alone.