Sunday 9th March to Sunday 16th March 2014
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.
In 2014 it will take place from Sunday 9th March to Sunday 16th March. Multiple Birth Clubs around Australia celebrate MBAW with gusto! Check out the range of events we have planned for this special week in the calendar below. If there isn't an event list in your area connect with your local AMBA club to find out what they have planned www.amba.org.au/clubfinder.
Here is a link to the media release for more information.
Canberra - 2.00-5.00pm, 15 March - Fun Day
Join us at CARMBA's biggest event of the year, the 2014 Fun Day! In 2014 we'll have fantastic entertainment by Jam On Toast, pony rides, reptile display, patting paddock, the Molonglo Rural Fire Service truck, jumping castles galore from CCC Jumpn' Castles, a visit by Capital Chemist's Billie Bilby and Colin the Clown, a family photo booth by Twins of Australia (pre-payment/bookings required)*, a special play space for babies, face-painting, free sausage sizzle plus Black Magic Coffee and delicious Pure Gelato available for purchase. This year we're introducing a breastfeeding and baby change facility sponsored by Huggies. There'll also be a raffle on the day with fantastic prizes on offer. This is a great day for all ages with admission just $20 per family. Remember this is a CARMBA members-only event, so if you're not current members, you can join beforehand or on the day! Lock it in your diary now and remember ... the more multiples, the merrier!!!
Albury Wodonga - 15 March - Trivia Night
A fun night of trivia and prizes. $12.50 per ticket entry. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Check out their event for details.
Ballarat - 11 March - Playgroup Open Day
To celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week, Ballarat and District Multiple Birth Association will be hosting a Playgroup Open Day on Tuesday, March 11 from 10am-12pm at their brand new playgroup venue, Russell Square Community Sports Centre (Humffray Street North (entrance to carpark off Stawell Street North). Come along and join in the fun and check out their new-look, new venue playgroup!
Bathurst - Monday 10 March - Playgroup
Come to playgroup and your children can draw on a template for their very own Pictureplate, a beautiful memento/keepsake. If you want photo &/or drawings, make sure you bring a good quality photo of your children (on good quality photo paper and not too dark). We are then able to order a Pictureplate ready for Mother's day in May. $22 per melamine plate.
Bathurst - 16 March - Mini Train Day
Mini Train Day, all families of multiples are welcome to this free event - check out their Facebook page for more information.
Bateman’s Bay – 9 March - Park Play Date
Come along to have a play date at Corrigan’s Beach playground, Bateman’s Bay from 10.00am . Bring a plate of food to share.
Hunter Valley - Saturday 15 March - Family Picnic
Orange - Tuesday 11 March - Social Dinner
Orange MBA will be heading to Kelly's Rugby Hotel upstairs in the Mary Jane's Restaurant (133 Lords Place, Orange) from 7.30pm for a social get together and to enjoy some dessert to celebrate MBAW. Children welcome.
Orange - Saturday 15 March - Teddy Bears Day Out
Orange MBA will have a stall at the 'Teddy Bears Day Out' hosted by Courallie Park Child Centre at Cook Park in Orange on the 15th March (10:30 - 12:30). Their stall will feature free goody bags for multiple birth families, 'colouring competition' and 'guess how many lollies in jar'. Come and enjoy a family morning out. Bring your teddy and join in with face painting, craft activities, cupcake decorating, a display by our local Fire Fighters, a performance of dancers, BBQ, jumping castle, and much much more!
Penrith - Friday 14 March - Evening playtime
Merimbula – Spencer Park. Saturday 22 March
Family fun day in the park. Sausage sizzle and a jumping castle (Gold coin donation)
Sydney, Inner West - Sun 9th - 'Big Pram' Promenade & Picnic
Meet at Giovinazzo Grove, Maliyawul Street, Lilyfield (past La Montage function centre). Big Prams, A Bay Walk, Picnic Rugs and BYO Morning Tea - great family day out!For Members and Prospective Members. 9:30am 'Big Prams' and families promenade along the lovely foreshore between Lilyfield/Rozelle (return) Meet at Giovinazzo Grove, end of Maliyawul Street Lilyfield (past La Montage function centre). 10:30am-noon - BYO morning tea picnic, blanket, hats and sunscreen inside the fully fenced Leichhardt Park Playground, Giovinazzo Grove. Remember to bring money for our Multiple Birth Awareness Week Raffle!! Contqact Leanne 0428 117 174 See the website for more information about the club.
Sydney, Inner West - Wed 12th - Twins n More Playgroup
Meet at Salvation Army Hall, Lewisham Street, Dulwich Hill (enter Hall from Lewisham Street Carpark), from 10:00am-12:30pm Gold coin donation. Non-members may attend twice before they must become members. Contact Karen 0417 88 01 98. See the website for more information about the club.
Sydney, Inner West - Fri-Sun 14-16th - Family Weekend Escape to Port Stephens
Member only event. Come on a family friendly beach weekend escape to the lovely Port Stephens with other IWMBA families. A little break, not too far north from Sydney, best suited to families with preschool or primary school aged kids. Accommodation located on the beach in self-contained units at Fingal Bay. Contact Karen 0417 88 01 98. See the website for more information about the club.
Sydney, Inner West - Sat 22nd - New Members Morning Tea Picnic
Sydney, North West - Sunday 9 March - Picnic
Sydney, Lower North Shore - 16 March - Family Fun Day
Lower North Shore Multiple Birth Association are holding their annual Family Fun Day, it's a date not to be missed in a fully fenced venue!
Sydney, Northern Beaches - 16th March – Party – 9.30 – 1.30 pm
Southern Sydney - Sunday 9 March - Picnic
Southern Sydney - Sunday 16 March - Picnic
Wollongong - Sunday 9 March - Botanic Gardens
Meeting from 10.00am on the grassed area behind the children's enclosed play yard the WMBA banner will be on display.
Bendigo - Friday 14 March - Playgroup
Bendigo MBA are holding a playgroup open day from 9.30 at Holy Trinity Church, 14 Keck St, Flora Hill. Please bring nut free snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.
Diamond Valley - Sunday 16 March - DVMBA Annual Meet & Greet
Diamond Valley MBA are holding a Meet & Greet at Eltham on Sunday 16th March from 11-2pm. Diamond Valley Miniature Railway (Eltham Lower Park) 570 Main St, Eltham VIC 3095
Epping - Tuesday 11 March - Playgroup
Geelong - Wednesday 12 March - Playgroup Party
From 10am to 11.30am at Western Heights Uniting Church. As well as their normal craft day, they will have music, balloons, face painting and morning tea for all! Bring along $5 and a "Plate to Share"! (Nut free please). Kids are welcome to dress up in their favourite outfit or costume! For more information check out their Facebook page.
Inner West Melbourne - Sunday 16 March - Expectant Parents Morning Tea
Montemorency - 18 March - Playgroup
North Ringwood - Saturday 15 March - Petting Farm
Eastern Area Multiple Birth Association are celebrating at a Petting farm, McAlpin Park, Wonga Road, North Ringwood (next to the playground) from 10am to 12 noon. For more details see their website.
Northern and Inner suburbs of Melbourne - Friday 14th - Playgroup
Northern and Inner suburbs of Melbourne - Saturday 15th - New Parents Lunch
North West Melbourne - Monday 10 March - Playdate
North West MBC will be meeting at Queens Park in Moonee Ponds from 10.00am. There are 2 playgrounds for the kids to enjoy plus a large pond with lots of ducks! Bring a picnic or grab a coffee at Oliver's Garden Cafe located nearby. We'll be meeting at the playground near the cafe, Queens Park, Cnr Mt Alexander Road and Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds. For information about the club check out their website.
Point Cook - 16 March - Family Picnic
Wyndham Twins Plus are holding a Family Picnic at the Point Cook Coastal Park.
Sunbury - Tuesday 11 March - Playgroup
Sunranges Twins Plus are holding an Open Day at their weekly playgroup in Sunbury. If you or anyone you know have pre-school aged twins and would like to come along, please join them at Goonawarra Neighbourhood House, Gullane Drive Sunbury, from 11am-1pm. Enquiries please phone Kate on 0421 707 262. Sacco Coffee van visits!!!!
Waverley - Sunday 16 March - Railway fun and picnic
Waverley Multiple Birth Association is celebrating Multiple Birth Awareness Week on Sunday 16th March 2014, 11am-2pm at Box Hill Miniature Railway. BYO picnic to Elgar Park, cnr Elgar Rd and Belmore Rd, Box Hill.
All welcome! (Please note in order to ride the railway, covered shoes are a requirement - no thongs, sandals, open toed shoes). In case of inclement weather, please check their Facebook page for updates.
Brisbane Northside - 9 March - Family Picnic
Brisbane Multiple Birth Association Northside Inc invite multiple birth families on Brisbane's Northside to their sign on day and family picnic, being held on Sunday 9th March at Pine Rivers Park, Gympie Rd Strathpine, from 9.30am to 1130am.
Enjoy a great morning out with kids activities and a sausage sizzle. Keep the kids entertaIned with a jumping castle, Cheeky Chimps Soft Play, face painting, Little Kickers and Little Rugby and maybe even a visit from some emergency vehicles!
Non-members are welcome to attend to find out more about our club and the services we offer.
Please RSVP via www.trybooking.com/73225
Brisbane - Sunday 16 March - Mackenzie State School Campus Hall
Brisbane - Monday 17 March - Chapel Hill Playgroup Celebration
BMBA-W is celebrating Multiple Birth Week 2014 at Chapel Hill Playgroup on Monday 17 March 9:30am – 11:30am. All member families are invited to come along for an exciting Australian wildlife experience like no other! There’ll be a Geckoes’ Wildlife Presentation with a host of amazing Australian animals, including snakes, crocodiles, frogs, possums, owls, lizards and quolls. Families can have fun mingling while the kids enjoy craft, inside and outside play with a wide range of toys and the fabulous Geckoes Wildlife presentation. We’ll cut a cake to celebrate and enjoy some morning tea too. Contact Rachel: 0413 253 226
Brisbane - 9-16 March - Library Display
View our Multiple Birth Week (9-16th March) promotional display covering the range of services offered by BMBA-W and recognising BMBA-W’s 30th Birthday, at Indooroopilly library throughout the month of March. BMBA-W 30 Years old and still multiplying!!
Brisbane - Saturday 15 March - SAM’s Group Sausage Sizzle
School Aged Multiples group will host a Sausage Sizzle on Saturday 15 March at Sherwood Arboretum to highlight that with AMBA, regardless of the age of your multiples “You’re not alone”. Enjoy connecting with other parents, while the multiples enjoy the expansive green space and playground equipment. Contact Amanda: 3378 0793
Brisbane - 9-16 March - Kids’ Art Competition
(open to all member families) - Post a photo of your child/children’s artwork in BMBA-Westside’s facebook group during Multiple Birth Awareness Week (9—16 March). Comment with name and age. Any medium (collage, paint, drawing, playdough etc). Two age groups: Under 3 and Over 3. Winner of each age group wins a Rowdy Rascals Voucher.
Bundaberg - Sunday 16 March - Afternoon of play with a train ride
Bring the family and enjoy the Multiple Birth Awareness event.
Meet other multi families enjoy the uniqueness.
Ipswich - Tuesday 11 Mach - All Ages Playgroup
Come and celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week with our favourite multiples and their siblings! There will be decorating paper cut outs of ourselves to attach to the banner which will be used forthe Multiple Birth Awareness Week walk. Playgroup runs from 9.30am till 11.30am at the Mater Dei Hall, cnr Ferret St and Rowland Tce, Sadliers Crossing. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Ipswich - Thursday 13 March - Tiny Tots Playgroup
Looking to chat with parents who are travelling the same multiple journey as you? Looking for some advice? Then this 18 months and under playgroup is perfect for you! We will have a qualified lactation consultant available to chat to you with any concerns you are having and morning tea will be provided! Playgroup runs from 9.30am till 11.30am at the Mater Dei Hall, cnr Ferret St and Rowland Tce, Sadliers Crossing. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Ipswich - Saturday 15 March - You're not alone walk
Join Ipswich MBA for their concluding activity in Multiple Birth Awareness Week - a "You're Not Alone" walk. They will meet in the grassed area* at Robelle Domain at 10am to set up "base camp" and do a walk to Orion and back again. Once they return, everyone is invited to bring their own picnic and spend some time playing and chatting! Come and help celebrate all that is Multiple Birth Awareness Week! More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Rockhampton - Sunday 16 March - Minature train day
Rockhampton MBA are meeting at the Minature Steam Train (Cambridge Street) from 9.30. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Townsville - Tuesday 11th March - Playgroup
Townsville - Thursday 13th March - Special Sports session
Townsville - Saturday 15th March - Adults Dinner
Townsville - Sunday 16th March - Family Day Out
Bunbury - Sunday 9 March - Multiple Walk
Meeting at Big Swamp Park, Bunbury Wildlife Park at 9.30am for a 10.00am walk. For more information connect with their Facebook page. This event is open to all multiple birth families in the south west of WA, with SWMBA members receiving discounted entry to Bunbury Wildlife Park. New members are welcome to sign up on the day.
Perth - Sunday 9 March – Beach playdate
Perth - Saturday 15 March – New Parents Morning Tea
Perth - Sunday 23 March - 40th Birthday Party Zoo Fun Day
Perth - all week - Coffee Groups
Many PDMBA coffee groups in the Perth metro area are holding special sessions and “You are not alone”- themed events to celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week in March. For a full list of sessions and contact details, visit http://www.pdmba.org.au/coffee-groups.
PDMBA celebrates Multiple Birth Awareness Week each year by presenting a complimentary membership and gift hamper of baby goods to the first set of twins or triplets born at King Edwards Memorial Hospital during the second week of March.
South Western Area (Brighton & Somerton Park) - Thursday 13th March - 2+ & Us groups Open Day
From 10am-12pm at 16 Boundary Rd, Somerton Park, Gawler
Galwer - Wednesday 12th March - Thursday 13th March - 2+ & Us groups Open Day
From 10:30am at Gawler Children’s Centre, Barnet Road, Evanston, $2 per family. Contact Sharon Tuckwell 0411 283 137
Lefevre Peninsula - Wednesday 12th March - 2+ & Us groups Open Day
From 10am-12pm at Lefevre Community Centre, Victoria Rd, Osborne. Gold coin entry. Contact Larissa Sewell 0408 803 013
Western & Surrounding Areas - Tuesday 11th March - 2+ & Us groups Open Day
From 9:45am—12pm at Reedbeds Community Centre, Fitch Road, Fulham. Contact Claire Capurso, 0414 836 772
North Eastern Suburbs - Tuesday 11th March - 2+ & Us groups Open Day
From 10am-1pm at the Jubilee Centre, Wynn Vale. $5 per family Contact Emma McMahon, 0404 884 843
Ingle Farm - Wednesday 12th March - 2+ & Us groups Open Day
From 9:30am-11:30am at Cnr Montague & Belalie Rds, Family Zone. Contact 8349 6099
Check out the club's website for further information.
Darwin - Sunday 16 March - Family Day
Launceston - Monday 10 March - Family Picnic
Sandy Bay - Monday 10th March (Public holiday) - (MBAW) Barbecue
North West - Wednesday 12th March - MBAW Playgroup Lunch
To celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week, join them at playgroup & stay for lunch and cake! Starting at 9.30am Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre, Mockridge Road Clarendon Vale. This is the North West event, check out the website for more information.
Somerset - Sunday 16th March - MBAW Barbecue
The barbecue will be held at Somerset Surf Club. Starting at 11am. Free to members, $5 per family for non-members. There will be a discount to join on the day. Check out their website for more information.
The latest edition of the AMBA Magazine is a bumper issue full of great stories, covering the amazing achievements of AMBA volunteers being acknowledged in the AMBA Appreciation Awards, AMBA members meeting HRH Princess Mary, delayed interval delivery in multiple birth pregnancy, Kate Ledger (Heath's sister)’s article “double trouble... double delight”, twins in school, your chances of conceiving another set of multiples and much, much more.
If you are interested in advertising in the next edition and supporting AMBA you can check ou the AMBA Magazine Rate Card.
The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) was thrilled that two member-families met with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark in October.
President of Lower North Shore Multiple Birth Association and mum of four-year-old identical twins Kerry-Anne Baxter said, “ I was very happy to be part of this event at the Sydney Children’s Hospital as we will always be grateful for the lifesaving support received from the hospital for one of our twins after she contracted H1N1 Type 9 (swine flu) in July this year.”
Ms Baxter also said, “The friends I made through the club and the wider multiple birth community were the ones who were knocking at the ICU door to support us, supporting the whole family including taking our other twin to play dates, providing food and also craft for the girls to do at home during recovery time, so I am thrilled to be able to represent AMBA at this event. We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to meet with Princess Mary to explain the valuable support services local multiple birth associations provide to members. I am sure Princess Mary will understand first-hand that having multiples requires supreme organisation and logistic skills.”
Former AMBA Board Director and a member of Southern Sydney MBA Cath Harding (pictured) said, “We met with Prince Frederik and Princess Mary and it was great to highlight the work that AMBA does for families with multiples in the community. Our girls were beside themselves with excitement that they got to meet a real princess! “
AMBA and affiliated clubs are successful due to the dedication of many fantastic volunteers who contribute their time and skills to assist multiple birth families at local, state and national levels. AMBA celebrates the contribution our volunteers make and we recognise their ongoing volunteer efforts and commitment to their communities via the AMBA Appreciation Awards.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics notes that the number of confinements resulting in a multiple birth had been increasing consistently since the 1970s. In 2012, there were 4,480 confinements resulting in a multiple birth; of these, 59 were triplets or higher order. This number of confinements was 34% higher than the number recorded in 1991 (3,355 confinements), and 1.8% lower than the number recorded in 2011 (4,560 confinements).
AMBA’s Patron, Associate Professor Mark Umstad, spoke at the AMBA Convention, held in October, and said that the drop in multiple birth rates was directly linked to revised Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) guidelines and policies of self-regulation regarding the number of embryos transferred.
In an article that Prof Umstad wrote with Lyndon Hale, Yueping A. Wang and Elizabeth A. Sullivan: “Multiple deliveries: The reduced impact of in vitro fertilisation in Australia”, it was noted that the number of twins born in Australia steadily increased from 2,420 sets in 1983 to 4,458 sets in 2010. At one stage, almost 25% of all twin deliveries in Australia were a consequence of assisted reproductive technologies, but that proportion had dropped to just 16%, which is directly related to a significant increase in single rather than multiple embryo transfers.
Prof Umstad said, "Multiple pregnancies and births are associated with significantly higher risks of maternal, neonatal and childhood complications than those seen in singleton pregnancies and births. Multiple births as a result of assisted fertility peaked in 2002 and have been dropping since then. It is very pleasing to see that self-regulation by our infertility specialists has produced a continuing decline in the number of multiple births related to infertility treatments.”
For more information see AMBA's Press Release.
AMBA has compiled a list of AMBA club members who blog about life with multiples and more. You might like to read these blogs to find out about life with twins and triplets. You can read amazing stories from a Dad’s perspective on mental health, family budgets, organisation techniques all the way through to some great craft activities to do with your children.