As an Early Childhood Education provider whose enrolled students include multiple birth families part of the Newcastle Multiple Birth Club community, we wanted to share our celebrations of Multiple Birth Awareness Week (19-26 March) with you.
This year’s theme for Multiple Birth Awareness Week is ‘Equality for Multiple Birth Families’. The theme centers around a report highlighting some key difficulties for multiple birth families. Every year there are approximately 4202 parents who give birth to multiples. Of those parents surveyed;
- only 11% felt adequately supported in Australia
- 61% experience mental health challenges following the birth of their multiples
- 42% feel they are often overwhelmed and exhausted and need much more support
- 67% say childcare is not affordable and 53% struggle to secure spots in early education for their multiples.
So, we wanted to put spotlight on creating awareness and inclusivity considerations for multiple birth families by reaching out to early childcare connected to the Newcastle Multiple Birth Club.
Multiple Birth Awareness Week ideas
Some considerations you may want to incorporate for celebrating Multiple Birth Awareness Week include:
- Multiple birth family-themed colouring-in pages
- Twin and triplet-themed books
- And for educators, a word search.
If you come up with your own ideas, we’d love you to share that with us whether that is through your twin or triplet families, email (email@example.com) or our socials (Instagram @newcastle_multiple_birth_club or Facebook Newcastle Multiple Birth Club).
Here are some of our favourite book recommendations from our local twin and triplet community.
A Twin is to Hug By Boni Ashburn
Twice the Love By Inda Ahmad Zahri
Playtime for Twins By Ellen Weiss
The Unwilling Twin By Freya Blackwood
About Newcastle Multiple Birth Club
Newcastle Multiple Birth Club is the oldest multiple birth club in Australia with a rich history of creating community and connection to support fellow multiple birth families. We play a vital role in helping expectant parents of twins or triplets navigate life as multiple birth parents, prematurity support, playgroup, community events and advocacy.
We appreciate your support in celebrating Multiple Birth Awareness Week and supporting twins’ and triplets’ early education.
Newcastle Multiple Birth Club