Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW) is a national Australian campaign to raise awareness around and draw attention to the unique realities for multiple birth families and how active advocacy, positive education and engaged communities can contribute to enabling positive health outcomes for our families.

15th to 22nd March 2020

Better Together

MBAW 2020 is "better together". In drawing attention to the unique realities for multiple birth families, it’s important that we consider the holistic community in which we live. While there is plenty of joy in raising twins, triplets or more and observing the special bonds and fun times, multiple birth families can face particular challenges that require unique solutions and varying interventions. 

For a family with multiples, managing these tougher times means arming yourself with resources and knowledge, enabling you to not only cope better as the family unit, but to engage in the best way possible with those around you who share your journey in various ways; e.g. health professionals, education providers, family members.

Being better together is about the strength of connection, both for families and for the Australian Multiple Birth Association in how it engages the community to serve families. While AMBA is the only national charity in Australia focused on improving the lives of twins, triplets or more and their families, with a mission to enable positive health outcomes, awareness and equality for multiple birth families through advocacy, education and community, this can only be achieved by developing strong relationships with trusted partners. 

Our goal for MBAW 2020 is to drive connection between multiple birth families and within our community, while fostering a stronger collaborative multidisciplinary approach with our allied organisations.

It is well documented that the risk of premature birth for multiple birth pregnancies is higher than that for singleton pregnancies. Multiple-birth families are five times more likely to experience pre-term birth and low birthweight, which occurs in 50% of all twin births and nearly all (95%) triplet and higher order multiple births.

The Australian Multiple Birth Association is proud to support the researchers from the Nurturing ChAMPs Study at The University of Queensland (Australia) who are seeking parents to help them to better understand the well-being of preemie children who are now 3 – 18 years old.

What is the study about?

Researchers from the Nurturing ChAMPs Study at The University of Queensland (Australia) are seeking parents to help them to better understand the well-being of preemie children who are now 3 – 18 years old.

Behavioural and emotional well-being of children and adolescents can have far-reaching effects on their everyday life including being able to make friends and doing well in school or in the home.

The objective of this research study is to better understand the development of behavioural and emotional difficulties. This study is part of a doctoral research project at the School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.

The study procedures have been reviewed by experts and approved by the university ethics committee under #2019001214.

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Get involved!

If you are the parent of preemie twins, they would love to hear about both twin pairs! You will first be asked to consider your youngest child born preterm and then will be contacted in a few weeks’ time about your twin’s pair.

Recruitment for the study will cease around 15 March 2020.

Share your experience with the researchers

You may also follow their progress on their Facebook page

The researchers are more than happy to answer questions. You can email them here

National agenda-setting workshop: Driving better health outcomes for multiple-birth families

Following on from the release of a world-first, international discussion paper earlier in 2019 in which the AMBA Chairperson, Ashlee Tenberge, was an author, the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) is excited to again be partnering with Twins Research Australia (TRA) and the International Council of Multiple Birth Organisations (ICOMBO) to move forward with the outcomes from an inaugural agenda-setting workshop.

Hosted by TRA on Thursday 5th December in Melbourne, we focused on developing national priorities and next steps to improve health outcomes for multiple-birth babies and their families. Over 30 participants attended and affirmed their commitment to working together to elevate awareness and action in four high-priority areas. 

Open to people and organisations involved in the lives of multiple-birth families, its aim was to brainstorm next steps and to create a network of passionate people to drive this agenda forward.The workshop follows the release of the paper, Multiple Perspectives: What support do multiple-birth families need to live happy and healthy lives

Workshop participants included health professionals, researchers, educators, government agencies, not-for-profit and community organisations, parents of twins and adult twins. 

Four high-priority areas

The main focus was a round-table discussion looking at recommendations for action in four high-priority areas as identified by the paper:

  • Create and implement improved multiple-birth-specific educational resources for health professionals
  • Support the development of evidence-based research on the financial disadvantage experienced by multiple-birth families to lobby government for funding support
  • Advocate for further research to better understand the unique mental health concerns of multiple-birth families
  • Advocate for further research to reduce pregnancy and birth complications

Program details

The workshop included:

  • Background on how and why the paper was developed
  • Presentation on each of the four priority themes
  • Discussion around what are the challenges and potential solutions
  • Presentations from topic experts in their field
  • Break-out into four working groups to develop an action list of next steps and how to take these forward
  • Potential funding opportunities to implement the next stages of work

Next steps 

Recommendations, actions and next steps from the workshop are being collated into a report due for release in early 2020. Please join TRA's Facebook (general), Facebook (researcher)Twitter or LinkedIn to be alerted to the report's release. 

 

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TRA Deputy Director, Kate Murphy; AMBA Chair, Ashlee Tenberge; ICOMBO Chair, Monica Rankin; TRA Deputy Director (Research), Jeff Craig.   

 

Reference documents

Download the discussion paper: Multiple Perspectives Discussion Paper 2019.05

 

Our Chairperson's personal and professional journey to becoming the leader of our organisation.

It's not often that you get to go 'behind the scenes' with the leader of an organisation and understand more about them on a personal level or what drives them. However, our Chairperson did just that.

Ashlee Tenberge joined Nix and Naomi from Talking twins and more, a multiple birth podcast and chatted about her 8 year journey in the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA).

In parts 1 and 2 over a 2-week series, they talk through AMBA's history over 4 decades supporting parents with multiples (twins, triplets and more), as well as discussing Ash's multiples story, how she got involved in AMBA and her progression from local club committee to state roles to now being the 'face of AMBA'.

Listen to podcast part 1 [30 mins] Listen to podcast part 2 [30 mins]

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