The Gold Coast Multiple Birth Association strives to provide an avenue for communications and sharing of information on the care of raising multiples. They provide opportunity for parents to share their coping mechanisms and discuss events unique to multiples. At the same time the club encourages the awareness of the individuality of all members of the family whether there are singles, twin, triplets or more.
Kristie Miller, President, wants to create more awareness for this not for profit organisation. Open to all parents (natural, foster and adoptive) of multiple birth children, the GGMBA provide information, practical assistance and support for multiple birth families.
Kristie started the Gold Coast branch when she moved here from overseas with no family. We sat down with Kristie to find out more about the GGMBA.
What made you start the Gold Coast Multiple Births Association?
Finding it tough mentally, I wanted to create something where people who were going through the same experiences could get together and share their experiences, the good, the bad and the challenging. I went from knowing no one to having a strong network of friends who support one another.
Do you find there are a lot of families in your situation?
I found a lot of people on the Gold Coast come from interstate and overseas and more often than not had no family support which made this group all the more important to the families. These family create lifelong friendships.
What else does the GGMBA offer?
We run the events and playgroups for the families and would be delighted to see more families with twins or triplets join us. Our organization also takes support packs to people with babies who are in the NICU and we offer our support where we can, making sure these families know they are not alone.
We have fortnightly playgroups which are held at various locations throughout the Gold Coast. These playgroups provide a great opportunity for our club members to meet, de-stress, pick up some survival tips and make new friends.
Our information sessions are designed specifically for multiple birth families. The sessions address practical experiences, such as toilet training multiples, sending multiples to school and sleep and settling techniques.
Our expectant parent information sessions, which are held every second month, are free for all parents to be of multiple births to attend. Expectant parents are encouraged to meet, and to hear members’ stories, humour and practical information. The sessions focus on anxieties and unanswered questions about having a multiple birth.
We have a closed Facebook group where parents can have access to a private, positive and supportive network 24/7. Only multiple birth families have access to it. A ‘Buy Swap Sell’ group is available for everything multiple related.
The GGMBA wants to encourage more families of multiple children to join and to volunteer to keep this wonderful organisation running.
For more information contact Kristie Miller on 0412 088 111 or go to www.goldcoastmultiplebirth.com