Multiple Birth Awareness Week at Tweddle

Hobsons Bay Community Fund Supporting Local Parents

Hobsons Bay Community Fund Supporting Local Parents

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With thanks to the Hobsons Bay Community Fund, Early Parenting organisation Tweddle will be delivering a series of education and support sessions for Hobsons Bay parents of multiples.

Local group, the Westgate Multiple Birth Association (WMBA) support approximately 100 members/families, of which approximately 82% of families live in Hobsons Bay.

Following a successful Multiple Birth Awareness Week event at Tweddle, the WMBA expressed an interest in ongoing evidence-based parenting support, education and advice specifically designed to meet the additional needs of parents of multiples.

The partnership, supported by HBCF, will include quarterly workshops for new members and targeted advice that covers infancy through to toddlers and pre-schoolers. Tweddle’s Assistant Director Clinical Services, Research & Education Ms Beverley Allen is looking forward to delivering the groups.

Ms Allen said that parents of multiples face additional barriers when accessing parenting support services and additional levels of adversity when compared with parents of single children. These can include isolation, sleep and settling challenges, economic difficulties and bonding concerns.

“Along with the joys, there are psychological, social, and economic issues associated with multiple pregnancies and adjusting to the early years. It is physically harder to take care of multiples, this is especially true when they are infants and toddlers. Parents of multiples may feel socially isolated and experience increased levels of fatigue and stress. They may be tired, not have enough personal time, and be too busy taking care of older children.” she said.

For a family with multiples, managing the early years means accessing trusted resources and family support services. Tweddle, who is currently delivering the state-wide Sleep and Settling workshop training to the MCH workforce, are able to provide evidence based, trusted education, support, advice and resources. “These workshops will help build resilience and parenting confidence and connection within the community.” She said

New WMBA President Stephanie Gilmour has been involved with the association for 3 years. “As a mum of 4, we were delighted to hear of the Hobsons Bay Community Fund grant. The partnership will support the education of around 100 WMBA members with babies, toddlers, and young children.” she said. “For a family with multiples, managing the early years means accessing trusted resources and family services like Tweddle. Westgate Multiple Birth families look forward to twelve months of learning and support.”

New parents can contact the WMBA here.

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