Sunday 13 March to Sunday 20 March 2016
'Leave no family behind'
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.
In 2016 we’re working to build a stronger multiple birth community to ensure all families are connected with much needed support and community.
The theme for 2016 is “Leave no family behind”.
Multiple birth pregnancies are associated with increased mental and physical health risks and that’s just the beginning. We’re working to further establish networks that support families throughout the cycle of pregnancy, birth, pre-school, school, adulthood and creating lifelong connections.
AMBA are compiling a library of stock photos for use in a range of media, including print and electronic formats. We are looking for high resolution multiple-birth related photos (obviously they must be your own children) that you are happy to share and have permission to use. Photos can be of newborn babies, children with parents, children with pets, children playing, etc.
Ms Ali Mountifield, mother of triplets, has extensive experience in the multiple birth community and was recently appointed Chairperson of the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA).
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.
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.
In support of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week held recently from 15-21 November, the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) 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.
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*.
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.