Sunday 13 March to Sunday 20 March 2016
Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW) is a national event held annually to celebrate the joy of parenting multiples and also to educate communities and professionals about the unique challenges of parenting twins, triplets and more. AMBA and clubs around Australia will be celebrating the week with numerous events.
AMBA are compiling a library of stock photos for use in a range of media, including print and electronic formats.
If you have high resolution multiple-birth related photos (obviously they must be your own children) that you are happy to share you can submit them via this link http://www.amba.org.au/photo-upload.html. Photos can be of newborn babies, children with parents, children with pets, children playing, etc.
Ms Ali Mountifield, mother of triplets with extensive experience in the multiple birth community, has been appointed Chairperson of the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA), from 24 October 2015.
The outgoing AMBA Chairperson, Lorna Barrett, said Ms Mountifield’s appointment would allow AMBA to help raise awareness about the support and services available to parents of twins, triplets or more around Australia.
“Ms Mountifield is best placed to forge even stronger links between AMBA, clubs and the multiple birth community,” Ms Barrett said.
“In a 100% volunteer-run organisation these relationships are essential for clubs to continue their great work in supporting families whose journeys start with high-risk pregnancies and continue with the complexities of raising more than one child at a time.”
Ms Mountifield has had extensive experience volunteering for her local club in Canberra and for AMBA since she had her triplets eight years ago. She brings a passion for helping multiple birth families and a range of skill sets to help AMBA grow over the coming years. Her open and effective leadership and communication style make those who work with her feel appreciated and energised.
We welcome Ms Mountifield to the leading role in AMBA and look forward to the future.
Perinatal Depression (PND), or Post-partum mood disorder (PPMD) is two to three times more common in parents of twins or higher order multiples than parents of singleton babies, according to recent research.
As Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week approaches (15-21 November), the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) has encouraged those expecting twins or higher order multiples to connect with others as early support can lead to better outcomes.
AMBA Communications Director Ali Mountifield, mum to triplets, said multiple birth parents were at increased risk of perinatal mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
The latest issue of the AMBA Magazine has been distributed in digital format for the first time. The magazine is a much-loved read for parents of multiples across Australia. Its focus is on providing real-life insights into life with multiples, as well as highlighting a selection of the medical and lifestyle challenges that are a reality for multiple birth families. Distributed to AMBA members, AMBA Magazine carries a balanced mix of medical and lifestyle topics. A staple for parents of multiples, it keeps readers informed and up to date on the latest products, services and tips for raising multiples. Plus, it includes up-to-date medical and wellbeing information.
The September 2015 issue of the AMBA Magazine is out, and it is full of really great stories! A broad range of topics are covered, from gender dysphoria to genetic testing of fraternal multiples to a road trip with triplets to the Twins Plus Festival. If you are not a member you can purchase a copy, for $3.50, via this link.
Join an AMBA club and receive a FREE* convenience case of HUGGIES® Newborn or Infant Nappies valued at $56, delivered to your door!AMBA and HUGGIES® are delighted to announce a joint initiative for new AMBA members*.
Find a club to join using AMBA's Club Finder. Once you've joined fill in the Huggies Redemption Form and select which type of nappies you would like to receive and send the form to your club for verification of your membership.
Discovering you are expecting twins, triplets or more is a surprise and shock to most, even if they were aware there was a chance! Most parents feel a sense of bewilderment: "How are we going to cope?" "What do I need?" "How will this affect my pregnancy?" "What are the risks?" "What support is there?"
The prospect of birth can be such a daunting one that many parents find it hard to think beyond that miraculous and improbable event. Try to bear in mind that once your babies are here, you will be very busy. The time before they arrive is a great opportunity to research some of the practical issues ahead of you, reading up on everything", from what happens in a multiple birth to twin/triplet sleep routines.
AMBA provides support to families with multiples in Australia no matter where they are located. Read this amazing story about a family who live 8 hours away from their local club - Townsville & District Multiple Birth Association.
With over 50 clubs around Australia, we have most of Australia covered and if a club membership doesn't suit, families have the option of joining AMBA as an Associate Member to access member benefits such as the AMBA Magazine and member discounts.