I mentioned this before, but when I first arrived to Oslo I was veeery pregnant and didn't know a lot of people here (specially not mothers to be, like me). And as a new mom in a new city, 'making friends' was high up on my to do list ;). The question was, HOW? Let's face it, it's kind of embarrassing to be hunting out for friends... Then one day, someone told me about something called Barselgruppe and got my hopes up.
In case you're not yet familiar with the term Barselgruppe (Norwegian for maternity group), it's a group of moms with same age babies that are usually grouped up by their Helsestasjon.
Most times, this is done automatically by each Helsestasjon without you having to request it. They should contact you a few weeks after the birth of your bay and invite you over to the Helsestasjon for your first meeting. This meeting is led by someone at your Helsestasjon (in my case it was a physiotherapist) who will talk a bit about your babies and will have a round of introductions. Moms usually exchange their contact information and start organising the meetings to follow.
If your Helsestasjon doesn't contact you about this, don't hesitate to call them and ask. In my case, for instance, they were quite busy during the time I gave birth (September) and decided not to invest resources into forming barselgrupper. So I had to call and ask them if I could join the last barselgruppe they had created (August group) and luckily they were ok with that. I'm in the Grünerløkka Helsestasjon though, which is usually a busy one.
In my barselgruppe all moms were Norwegian besides me. They all spoke very good English, but I felt a bit bad for making them all switch languages constantly. But anyways, I was tremendously happy to finally be able to share my mommy worries and concerns with other moms, discuss diaper brands and complain about lack of sleep ;).
It's up to each barselgruppe to decide the frequency of their meetings, but mine did it weekly. We met for coffee, strolls or for playdates at someones place.
Are YOU in a barselgruppe? How do you find it? Please, share your experience and tell us how often you meet with them, where and what kinds of plans you do. Gracias!