The joys of multiple births

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FIVE year olds Georgie McCarthy and Alannah Turner, of Mt Eliza, at the multiple birth association event. Picture: Supplied

TEN multiple-birth families from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula met at Angus and Rose at The Briars, Mount Martha, Sunday 15 March.

The families are members of the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Multiple Birth Association which provides peer support for parents of multiple birth children (twins, triplets or more).

Families expecting twins or more babies are encouraged to connect with others as multiple-birth parents are at increased risk of perinatal health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

Services provided by the association include subsidised playgroups in conjunction with Chisholm TAFE, library, equipment hire, in-home support, and meals for families with new multiple babies, as well as social meetings and family functions.

“We had a lovely afternoon in the gardens, sharing afternoon tea, bug hunting and potting activities for the kids and a chance to catch up with other multiple birth families and have ‘support from those who know’,” member Ariane Tebb said.

“The peer support and a chance for the adults and the kids to meet new people and see familiar faces again was refreshing and invaluable. It was a chance to celebrate the joys and unique challenges of having twins, triplets or more.”

First published in the Mornington News – 31 March 2020

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