to raise awareness of the social and emotional impacts on multiple birth children from not focusing on the individual.
The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) today announced the theme for this year’s Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW), running from 12‐19 th March 2017. The annual week‐long event centres around running community events to raise awareness of the important work done by AMBA and local clubs around Australia in providing vital support to multiple birth families. In 2017, AMBA is focusing on raising awareness around the individuality of multiples; that even though they share a special bond as multiples, they are still unique individuals.
The theme for 2017 is "Born a multiple; also an individual"
Sunday 12 March to Sunday 19 March 2017
So often from the moment multiples are born, they are labelled "the twins” or “the triplets” or "the quads" etc. . Whether born an identical or non‐identical, we see multiples being consistently labelled and treated as having the same thoughts, preferences and personalities as their siblings. This labelling is very unusual in non multiple birth families.
AMBA Chairperson, Ashlee Tenberge said: “MBAW 2017 celebrates that all multiples are unique and have their own individual personalities. A connection between multiples will never be broken, however it is critical for family and friends to understand the important role they can play in fostering individuality. For some multiples, there is not much that connects them aside from sharing a birthday! For others, they live and breathe life together. Neither scenario is wrong or right, but the opportunity must be available for multiples to choose their own path.”
Find out more!
We encourage families, schools and support organisations to discover more by visiting www.facebook.com/AustralianMultipleBirthAssociation.
AMBA has a growing list of events for MBAW around Australia; we invite you to contact us or go to the AMBA Club Finder to find a contact for your local AMBA club or to organise a photo of a local family with twins, triplets or more.
Download our 'Strategies to encourage individuality' document to share with your family, friends and school.
Background on MBAW themes
Themes were introduced in 2013 and have been a great way of raising awareness of the important work done by the Australian Multiple Birth Association and local clubs around Australia in supporting families and the multiple birth community.
"Leave no Family Behind". In 2016 we’re working to build a stronger multiple birth community to ensure all families are connected with much needed support and community.
"T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More” acknowledging the teams that are involved in helping to raise twins, triplets or more and showing how, by working together, we can help families to thrive, not just survive. The 2015 MBAW theme was carried through to state seminar's and the recent AMBA Convention.
"You’re not alone”. The theme was to recognise there is growing evidence that getting involved in a support group such as AMBA can have real benefits to the mental health and coping skills of parents.
"Getting social”, acknowledging that clubs are taking advantage of social media to connect their members with an active community network and support – there always seems to be someone awake to answer a question.