Encouragement for individualisation in twins, triplets and more includes respect for the deep connection they have with each other.
The International Council of Multiple Birth Organisations (ICOMBO) has announced the theme of this year's Multiple Births Awareness Week (November 16 - 22) - "Helping our Multiples Shine as Individuals". ICOMBO utilizes Multiple Birth Awareness Week to address
ICOMBO was formed at the 1980 International Society for Twin Studies (ISTS) Congress, held in Jerusalem. For the past 34 years its membership has been raising awareness of the unique needs of multiple birth infants, children, adults and their families promoting their health, education and welfare. specific issues in the Declaration of Rights and Statement of Needs of Twins and Higher Order Multiples and to stimulate international discussion and action on a specific theme.
One of the challenges faced by parents of twins, triplets and more is to foster the unique development of each child while encouraging the unique bond between their children. In order to assist their multiple birth children to shine as individuals, parents must encourage them to make individual decisions. The theme also draws attention to the need for immediate and extended family, friends, caregivers, educators and medical professionals to consider their interactions with the multiples. It also reminds the media and general public to consider how they view and represent multiples.
For twins and higher order multiples (triplets and more) to grow into strong, independent adults, they must learn to make their own, individual choices. Sometimes being an individual means that the ultimate choices are the same and sometimes it means that the multiples will choose very different paths. The important note here is that the multiples have been able to make their choices as individuals and not as part of a set.
ICOMBO has produced some resource materials supporting this year's theme. They can be found on the website at http://icombo.org/international-awareness-week-2014/
AMBA’s Patron, Associate Professor Mark Umstad, spoke about a study from the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide and said: “Finally, some good news on preventing preterm delivery in twins! The data on progesterone initially looked promising for twins, then twin experts became despondent over the years as several studies and reviews suggested little benefit, and possibly harm. The study has shown that progesterone does reduce adverse perinatal outcome in twins but only if the cervix is identified as being short prior to 24 weeks' gestation."
The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) 42st National Convention is being held in Sydney, 31 Oct – 2 Nov. The theme for this year's convention is 'Challenges' - we’re focusing on overcoming the challenges of raising multiples, running multiple birth clubs, and managing our national organisation.
The AMBA Magazine is a highly respected, glossy publication and a much-loved read for parents of multiples across Australia and their families. Its focus is on providing real-life insights into life with twins, triplets or more, as well as highlighting a selection of the medical and lifestyle challenges that are a reality for families with multiples. Distributed free to AMBA members, the magazine keeps readers informed and up to date on the latest products, services and tips for raising multiples.
The 4th Twins Plus Festival will be held on Sunday 22 March 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse. Experience the magic of joining thousands of other twins, triplets and quadruplets (and maybe more) and their family and friends, for an event like no other in Australia. This event is open to all twins and multiples, their family and friends. Check out the fun and activities from the 2012 festival here http://www.twinsfestival.com.au.