In 2004 I left my family home in the Southern Highlands, just outside of Sydney, to follow my dream of working on a remote cattle station in the NT for a year. It was here that I met my now husband, and my Sydney home became my holiday home. We married in 2009 and in 2010 packed up our 3 dogs and 8 horses and moved to Winton in Central Western QLD to manage a beef cattle property and have been in the area ever since.
My husband always wanted kids but it was never at the top of my to-do list. I loved everything baby, except babies. We always had horses growing up and I was mad for them. When I moved to the NT I was the first person to bring home the poddy calves, and there were always mares and foals as well as the odd litter of puppies around the house. I even brought home a baby joey that was abandoned in the paddock one day and cared for it until we could get it to town to the carers. But babies were not my thing, they were foreign to me. I would be the first person to tell you I had not a maternal bone in my body. Oh how that would change...
The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary and 40 years of support for thousands of families with multiples.
Families with multiples represent 2% of the Australian population and they are at risk of:
• High-risk pregnancies
“AMBA has always been an exceptional organisation, dealing with a multitude of issues concerning multiple births. I think we can safely say that no other self-help voluntary organisation embraced such a diverse range of issues”, said Jenny Noonan (AMBA History, Jennifer Noonan, 2010).
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.
This unique festival offers fantastic value for families and individuals and will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and greet twin celebrities, experience fabulous live entertainment, participate in competitions and exhibits unique to the multiples community and, of course, the chance to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones among Australia’s multiples community.
Early bird tickets are available now – follow the links from the festival website http://www.twinsfestival.com.au and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/twinsfestival to stay in touch. For AMBA members – contact your local AMBA club to obtain details of a special AMBA member discount.
Sponsorship and/or exhibition opportunities are available – if you would like to know more, please follow this link http://www.twinsfestival.com.au/sponsors-exhibitors or email us at
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 odds of conceiving identical triplets are often wildly exaggerated and could be contributing to feelings of isolation in women already dealing with these high-risk pregnancies, according to the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA).
Reports quote widely varying statistics for identical (monozygotic) triplets, ranging from 1 in 60,000 to 1 in 200 million. Identical triplets are conceived when one fertilised egg splits into two and then one of those two splits again.
Triplet mum and AMBA Communications Director Ali Mountifield says, “We can’t see any data supporting the 1 in 200 million figure – if that was right, there’d only be 35 sets of identical triplets in the world. There’s easily that many in Australia.”
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! “
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.