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.

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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 2016

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AMBA provides support to families with multiples in Australia no matter where they are located. Read this amazing story about a family who live 8 hours away from their local club, Townsville & District Multiple Birth Association.

With over 50 clubs around Australia, we have most of Australia covered and if a club membership doesn't suit, families have the option of joining AMBA as an Associate Member to access member benefits such as the AMBA Magazine and member discounts.

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The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) was thrilled that two member-families met with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark in October.

President of Lower North Shore Multiple Birth Association and mum of four-year-old identical twins Kerry-Anne Baxter said, “ I was very happy to be part of this event at the Sydney Children’s Hospital as we will always be grateful for the lifesaving support received from the hospital for one of our twins after she contracted H1N1 Type 9 (swine flu) in July this year.” 

Ms Baxter also said, “The friends I made through the club and the wider multiple birth community were the ones who were knocking at the ICU door to support us, supporting the whole family including taking our other twin to play dates, providing food and also craft for the girls to do at home during recovery time, so I am thrilled to be able to represent AMBA at this event.  We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to meet with Princess Mary to explain the valuable support services local multiple birth associations provide to members. I am sure Princess Mary will understand first-hand that having multiples requires supreme organisation and logistic skills.”

Former AMBA Board Director and a member of Southern Sydney MBA Cath Harding (pictured) said, “We met with Prince Frederik and Princess Mary and it was great to highlight the work that AMBA does for families with multiples in the community.  Our girls were beside themselves with excitement that they got to meet a real princess! “

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