Mother’s Group

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Also known as Group Therapy, for me, Mother’s Group has been a lifesaver. I’m not the the type of person to go and join a random group of people I don’t know. Why? Because that’s just how I roll. So when our Antenatal Group seemed like a good bunch of expectant parents, and we all exchanged details, I felt hopeful that maybe we’d possibly catch up in the future.

Not long after our pre-baby classes finished at the hospital, one of the Mum’s added me on Facebook. Brillant idea. And soon enough we’d all connected on Facebook and even started our own Facebook Group.

I’d heard so many horror stories about people rocking up to their local community centre and joining a Mother’s Group, only to end up surrounded by judgemental women about what clothes your baby was wearing, and how cute your baby was. I think I’d rather stick pins in my eyes.

So after our first post baby Antenatal Group catch up, I was excited and relieved. Excited that we would hopefully continue to catch up and form our own Mother’s Group, and relieved that I wouldn’t have to stick pins in my eyes after dragging myself to a community centre and ending up with a bunch of randoms.

All the babies!

It’s funny how a bunch of 7 women can all get along, and set each other’s minds at ease. We laugh, we cry (well I’ve had a blubber anyway), and we bond. We bond over stories of wanting a baby, we bond over comparing birth stories, and bitching about doctors and praising midwives. We talk about feeding, solids, weight gain, weight loss, boobs, bra’s, clothes, husband’s, partner’s, and baby sleep or lack there of, just to name a few. And most importantly we never compare and we never judge.

Our gorgeous kiddies

We encourage and remind each other that we’re doing the hardest job on earth and we’re all doing a damn good job.

It’s so great for all the babies to interact with one another, and it’s lovely that they’ll all grow up together, all born within a few weeks of each other.

And let’s face it, it’s so great for us Mum’s to get together and have adult conversation. Oh and eat cake!

7 Comments
  • Naomi
    June 22, 2011

    This is how I found my mothers group. A group of like minded women I met in antenatal classes. 12 (OMG how did that happen??) years later I still see some, we have all moved interstate, overseas, but some of us have lasting bonds. I am God Mother to a child of a mum I met this way. My daughter is best friends with one. It was an absolute life saver sometimes… and not once did I have to step into a community centre!

  • Zoey @ Good Goog
    June 23, 2011

    I had a great experience with my mothers group as well (3 years later we still meet up). We met at the new baby group at the community clinic and have kept catching up since then.

  • Kristy
    June 24, 2011

    I felt completely the same about this!
    I’m honoured to be part of ‘our’ mothers group (honestly some weeks this therapy is the only thing that keeps me sane) and I even get excited to hear about everyone’s week that was, to see how much the kids have changed in such a short space of time. Also the reassurance my kid is ‘normal’ and just doing everything similiar to the rest of her little friends. I’m also grateful for meeting such accepting wonderful mums too, and hopefully we’ll all still have that bond with each other for many years to come.
    P.s looking forward to seeing you & Soph Friday ;)

  • Thea
    June 25, 2011

    Mothers’ groups are SO important!! It’s the only way to stay sane some days. Like you I wasn’t interested in joining a random group so I joined someone else’s..lol. We’re still getting together most weeks…7 years later! :)

    I LOVE the pics of all your gorgeous babies.

  • melanie strang
    July 21, 2011

    AN HONEST AND OPEN MOTHERS GROUP- WHAT A WONDERFUL TONIC TO HAVE!

  • Jodie Ansted
    July 23, 2011

    Fantastic, Ami!

    I’m pretty sure you know from posts I’ve written, that my mother’s group did not work out. But, I know many mums who have wonderful mother’s groups, and even though their eldest children are now 10, they STILL catch up regularly.

    I thought these pics were from the Internet – they look like a mag shoot. GORGEOUS!

    xxx

  • bronnie
    July 24, 2011

    What beautiful babies. Almost makes me want to pop out another one … almost!

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