Motherhood in Norway
May the journey of opening up continue, lol! Those who have been following Zipporah Brathen may have an idea where the woman behind this blog lives! Well, Zippy lives in Norway. Today, in this post, I bring you a story about “Motherhood in Norway” from my own experience.
This blog post or story was born out of questions asked by my friends, especially from my home country Kenya.
I know you’re wondering now why you’re going over 7000 miles and choosing another country? Well, you can end your curiosity by reading this post.
But, putting that aside and moving on to our main topic of “Motherhood in Norway,” I can tell you this… the journey in this country has been incredible.
Did you just see the word “pregnancy” and got lost? You don’t have to be.
I decided to start the story with pregnancy because, in my opinion, that’s where motherhood begins.
During this time, you begin to imagine what it will be like to hold a newborn in your arms, how to soothe sore breasts, prepare your baby’s nursery, and more.
So while I was doing all that, I had to follow all the steps that every pregnant woman in Norway follows.
You have to register with a midwife who keeps a record of your pregnancy for the whole 9 months: Also, you have to go to a doctor who does the same: And lastly, you have to go to the hospital for an ultrasound.
This isn’t very far from where I was born, or even from where you live, but what amazed me is the way it’s done.
All the people I had to come across during my examinations, or even in the waiting rooms, were very kind to me. And I can assure you that it’s not just because I was pregnant.
Most people in Norway are very friendly and polite. Every time, they ask you (politely) how you are, and they offer you a seat everywhere you go. This makes me think of getting pregnant again, lol, just kidding.
A sentence that describes the whole course of events is that “it’s well planned and done.”
Not only in terms of having your own room and even an extra bed for your partner if he or she will be there, but also financially. You won’t have to pay a single coin during birth, but you may have contributed by paying taxes on the other hand.
If you are sure you are pregnant, you’ll be assigned to the nearest hospital. Note that this is well before your due date, so you don’t waste time trying to figure out where to go at the last minute.
I arrived at the hospital at 6 am, and although it was always 4 hours before my dear Synnøve was in our arms, I’ll never forget how the midwife/nurse who looked after me kept me up to date with everything that was happening. From the first stage of dilation to when everything was done.
It made me feel comfortable, included in the process, and more or less anxious knowing that everything was taken care of.
After birth (Motherhood in Norway)
Immediately after birth, you’ll be assigned a nurse who will take care of your baby, his/her development, vaccinations, and other necessities.
Here we come back to our polite Norwegians. The way the nurse shows interest and willingness to help the mother and learn everything is fantastic. This has made me feel relaxed and able to talk about any matter concerning my daughter without fear.
Not to mention, there’s also something called a Barselguppe. These are mothers’ meetings where you can meet with other mothers every week. During this time, you go for a walk and, of course, talk about being a mom.
Even though I’ve had the misfortune of meeting them more than once because of the corona, I think they are helpful. I’m a person who believes that connecting and sharing experiences is one of the best therapies, especially for a new mom who may be struggling to adjust to everything that comes with motherhood.
Having given you a little insight into motherhood in Norway, I can’t forget to mention a few things:
- All parents have equal rights here, which is nice.
- No matter how cold it may be, we teach the children to get used to the weather as early as possible.
Have something to contribute or say about what’s motherhood like where you are? Feel free to write in the comments section below.