The AMBA Appreciation Awards program was established to acknowledge AMBA members’ valued contributions; introduce dedicated, creative and innovative individuals and clubs to their peers on a national level; promote teamwork; recognise activities that increase the profile of AMBA within local and national communities and promote national affiliation. 

Read more: AMBA Appreciation Awards Winners 2017

The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) has launched the Purple Butterfly initiative – a simple and sensitive way to let others know about the loss of a baby, or babies, from a set of multiples.

In Australia, some 300 babies from a set of multiples passed away in 2014.

AMBA is working with the Skye High Foundation to provide Purple Butterflies to be displayed on infants’ beds while in hospital so that families are given the support and understanding that they need from staff and other parents.

Read more: AMBA launches the Purple Butterfly initiative to help bereaved families of twins, triplets or more

Facebook group supports dads with multiples

By Neil Ward (AMBA Magazine)

Dad to Connor and Christian

Late in 2010, my wife Tina and I were dealt a blow we could never have ever imagined possible – the inability to have children. Once we exhausted all other options, like adoption, we stumbled upon surrogacy, and we now have two amazing boys thanks to a professional team in India. It was a long, complex, ethical, emotional and expensive journey, and I found it difficult for other dads and male friends to comprehend, as they just had no idea about surrogacy, let alone multiples.

Read more: Multiple Dads Sanctuary

Fatherhood no monkey business

By Carissa Mason (AMBA Magazine)

Before he became a dad, Danilo Zivkovic was a zoo keeper, based in the primates enclosure and responsible for the care and wellbeing of 20 chimpanzees, 8 gorillas and a menagerie of other smaller monkey species

"I spent all day monitoring behaviour, feeding, cleaning and making sure I didn't get bitten", Danilo says. "I was often covered in poo and wee and food. I don't think it helped prepare me for the boys though", he grins. "Animals are much more self-sufficient." The boys he refers to are his three sons, identical twins Finnbar and Arlo, 2, and Luca, nine months.

Read more: Fatherhood no monkey business
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