Multiple births no easy task

2 April 2019|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Multiple births no easy task|

MULTIPLE birth is no walk in the park.

But for Allison Young the process was made easier with the support of the Tasmanian Multiple Birth Association (TasMBA).

Mrs Young and her husband Dean run the newsagency in Northgate, sometimes with the help of their three young sons – five-year-old twins James and Jefferson and three-year-old Leo.

“I was so excited to find out I was having twins,” Mrs Young said.

“Watching two children grow up side by side the same age is amazing.

“You do really see the truth in the fact that all babies and children learn at their own rate and do things at their own age and stage.”

Mrs Young, who is also TasMBA’s current president, said she had a friend with older twins and knew she was a member of TasMBA.

“I joined straight away and went to my first dinner at 26 weeks pregnant and met lots of mums who welcomed me into the community of ‘those who know’.”

TasMBA is a not-for-profit organisation providing support, resources and education to multiple birth families around the state.

It is run by volunteer multiple birth families who can help guide people through the process.

“Connecting with other families, both in person and online, allows multiple birth families to meet others experiencing a similar journey,” Mrs Young said.

“Leaving the house in those early days can be a daunting task and staying home alone can seem like the easiest option, but already knowing people to meet and chat to minimises feelings of isolation and has positive mental health benefits.”

As part of Multiple Birth Awareness Week, multiple birth associations around Australia came together from 24 February to 3 March to acknowledge what families with twins, triplets or more go through.

The task of carrying, delivering and raising two or more children at once is demanding and has many associated risks and difficulties.

Some of the dangers of multiple birth include:

Up to 65 per cent of all multiples are born preterm (80 per cent of triplets or more).

Low birth weight occurs in 50 per cent of all twin births, and 95 per cent of triplet and higher order multiple births.

15 per cent of identical twins are affected by Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.

Approximately 17 per cent of twin mothers and 27 per cent of triplet mothers experience postnatal depression (compared to 10 per cent of all mothers).

Mrs Young said all multiple birth families were encouraged to connect with the Tasmanian multiples community at any of the regular events held by TasMBA.

This includes playgroup, quiz nights, school holiday catch-ups, barbecues or information sessions.

For more information, visit the TasMBA Facebook page.

Caption: Tasmanian Multiple Birth Association president Allison Young said the process of multiple birth is made easier by connecting with the mums in that community.

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