AMBA has responded to an invitation from NSW parliament to provide a submission regarding an inquiry into ways to improve physical health, mental health and child protection outcomes for new parents and babies. The inquiry examined if current services meet the needs of new of parents and babies. There will be a focus on how to improve the mental and physical health of families with new babies. The inquiry also looked at how health outcomes for babies can be improved, and the role of technology in service delivery will also be examined.

Committee Chair Kevin Conolly MP said, “Taking care of a baby is physically and mentally tiring. We want to ensure parents can access the services and resources they need to help them and their baby thrive”.

The Committee on Community Services inquired into and will report on support for new parents and babies in New South Wales, including:

  • The adequacy of current services and structures for new parents, especially those who need extra support, to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their babies.
  • Changes to current services and structures that could improve physical health, mental health and child protection outcomes.
  • Specific areas of disadvantage or challenge in relation to health outcomes for babies.
  • Models of support provided in other jurisdictions to support new parents and promote the health of babies.
  • Opportunities for new and emerging technology to enhance support for new parents and babies.

“Parents often don’t think of their own physical and mental health when caring for a baby. It’s important that they know how and where to get support when they need it” said Committee Chair Kevin Conolly MP.

AMBA NSW State President, Joanne O'Keefe and AMBA Chairperson, Ashlee Tenberge, attended the public hearing on Monday 28 May to respond to AMBA's submission and provide additional context to the committee. The transcript of the hearing and recommendations from the committee will be available in due course.

Read more on the inquiry.

Designed by an AMBA member, the Twins Feeding Diary is an indispensable item for busy parents of infant twins. Presented in a simple and clear format, it is the perfect tool for recording your babies’ milk feeds, whether you are breast, bottle or combination feeding.

  • Use the diary pages to jot down feeding times and other key information such as breast side, bottle quantity and nappy movements for each baby.

  • Record your Babies’ Firsts in the inside of the front cover.

  • Use as a handy reference to take to Maternal Health Nurse appointments and to keep as a memento of your busy, early days with your babies.

  • The Twins Feeding Diary features 48 A5 sized diary pages plus cover. It is printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.

This booklet was written by a mother of twins who has had many years experience working with families in toy libraries. She offers ideas for play with twins and higher order multiples and their siblings. The booklet also draws on the experiences of multiple birth families. There are suggestions for toys and playthings at the various stages of babies and toddlers.

Topics covered include:

  • What is play?
  • Should multiples be expected to share their toys?
  • Establishing individual identities
  • The role of the television
  • The relationship of the multiples with each other
  • The relationship of the multiples with their siblings

In this book, renowned paediatrician and sleep authority, Dr Marc Weissbluth combines specialised advice for parents of twins with his tried-and-true sleep-training methods to show exhausted parents how to get their babies to sleep on their own, stay asleep and sleep regularly. This essential step-by-step guide to establishing good sleep patterns reveals how to build healthy habits in twins' natural slumber cycles, including:

  • how healthy sleep differs from "junk" sleep
  • techniques of sleep training for new parents
  • the five ingredients of healthy sleep and why daytime sleep is different from night time sleep but equally important to good health
  • why it's crucial for babies to master the ability to fall asleep unassisted, without protest or crying, and how to help them do so
  • essential tips for synchronising your twins' sleep schedules
  • how to recognise early drowsy cues in your babies so you can catch the sleep wave before it turns into nervous energy that will keep them awake

This book is a guide from pregnancy through young adulthood. The author is a twin, a mother of twins and a psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of emotional issues of multiples. She discusses seven key parenting guidelines to help the twins develop into unique individuals and offers parents strategies for each stage of their children's growth, from birth to young adulthood

Some of the issues discussed are:

  • Coping with the stress that comes with caring for two babies at once
  • Recognising that each twin is a unique individual
  • Giving each child important "alone time" with parents
  • Fostering each child's separate friendships and interests
  • Deciding on the same or different classroom education

National Geographic explores the extraordinary, never-before-seen world of twins, triplets and quadruplets as they develop in utero. Using groundbreaking technology and amazing 4D ultrasound images, watch quadruplets as they develop and engage in their first interactions with each other.

Follow the stories of three expectant mothers from conception to birth and travel inside the womb to see the tiny foetuses begin to interact with each other

This booklet will answer many of the questions that come to mind when you first hear you are expecting twins. Some of the topics covered include:

- Zygosity - Pregnancy 
- Settling & Routine - Feeding
- Pre-term labour and premature babies - Equipment
- Returning to the workforce  

 

 

Gina is one of Britain's bestselling childcare authors and Alice is a well respected TV presenter and a mother of twins. Together they have written a book that provides practical advice and first-hand insights into:

  • What to expect in a twin pregnancy
  • How to establish healthy feed and sleeping patterns
  • Coping with everyday practicalities such as shopping, bathtime, sharing the hugs and kisses
  • Suggested routines for the first twelve months