20st to 27th March 2022
The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) are excited to announce the theme for this year’s Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW) - “Educating the Educators”
Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW) is an annual, national campaign that highlights an issue of importance to the multiple birth community. Through advocacy, education and community engagement, AMBA aims to increase positive health outcomes, awareness and equality for our families.
AMBA Chairperson, Larissa Jordan said “The theme, Educating the Educators, is our opportunity to put the spotlight on the unique needs of multiples and their parents, in the educational context. We want to ensure that families, medical and educational professionals have access to high quality information on how to best support and cater for the specific needs of multiples, across the lifespan.”
AMBA clubs offer a range of educational opportunities for parents, from expectant parent nights to school readiness sessions. AMBA members can also access a range of live and on demand webinars on a range of relevant topics.
The theme for Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW) 2022 is “Educating the Educators".
Multiple specific education is required from the moment parents discover there is more than one. Families should have access to high quality education that addresses and prepares them for the additional medical, social and emotional challenges they may face.
The theme, Educating the Educators, is an opportunity to engage with a range of professionals to develop best practice when working with multiples and their families.
Some of the unique considerations for families and professionals to consider include:
- Classroom placement - whether to split them or keep them together - is one of the biggest dilemmas faced by parents of multiples.
- School readiness - with 65% of twins and 95% of higher order multiples born prematurely and higher rates of developmental delays, the decision about when multiples start, can be more difficult.
- Being treated as individuals - ensuring professionals and the general community, acknowledge multiples as separate entities and avoid comparisons or labels.
- Fostering individuality - encouraging and supporting multiples to develop their own unique personalities, friendships and interests.
- Respecting the multiple bond - understanding and fostering the unique bond that twins, triplets or more have and supporting them through transitions that involve separation.
- Additional family stressors - awareness of the increased rates of mental health issues and financial strain amongst multiple birth families.
The Australian Multiple Birth Association offers a number of resources to support families and professionals. AMBA’s local clubs act as a peer support network for parents of multiples to share their lived experience.
Download MBAW 2022 resources
We have prepared a media release for Multiple Birth Awareness Week 2022 for clubs to utilise over the coming months. This version is designed for clubs to personalise before they are sent out to your local media contacts.
Download the Multiple Birth Awareness Week 2022 Media Release
AMBA is now publishing position statements on different issues. The first one we have finalised is Class Placement.
Download the Classroom Placement of Multiples in School Position Statement