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Multiple Birth Awareness Week 9-16th March

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 05/03/14

Sunday 9th March to Sunday 16th is Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW). This important week aims to raise awareness of the work done by the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) and local clubs around Australia in supporting families and the community. 

Tweddle Child and Family Health Service provide support to families of multiples.  “We often get calls and referrals from parents of twins and triplets” said Simone Chettle, Tweddle's Assessment and Intake Team Leader.  “Parents of multiples are often overwhelmed by their situation. It’s important to remember that your experience is individual but joining a support network like the Australian Multiple Birth Association allows you to share similar experiences” 

“Also important is being realistic about what you can achieve, making time in your busy day to connect with an adult companion and to interact with your babies individually and together”

Growing evidence demonstrates that getting involved in a support group such as AMBA can have real benefits to the mental health and coping skills of parents. Many people are unaware of the wellbeing benefits of joining a support group which to source services, practical tips, resources and social events.  The 2014 theme is ‘You’re not alone’. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released in October 2012 show that during 2012, there were 4,480 sets of multiples born in Australia, including 59 sets of triplets or higher order multiples.   There are some great events happening across Melbourne for Multiple Birth Awareness Week. 

Visit the AMBA website to see what’s happening near you.

Contact the Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29 – a 24 hour, 7 day a week service giving support to families with children from birth to school age on issues including child health, nutrition, breast feeding and parenting

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