April marks the second annual Multiple Birth Awareness Month in the United States—a time to increase awareness about the issues facing families of multiple birth children and ways family, friends, professionals, and organizations can support them.
The most recent birth statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are from 2006. In that year, the twin birth rate was 137,085—more than twice the number reported for 1980 (68,339). Additionally, there were 6,118 triplets, 355 quadruplets and 67 quintuplets births in 2006. With an increase in multiple births comes an increased concern about the health and well being of those children, and the issues faced by their parents. Issues include the need for reliable information regarding multiple birth pregnancies and fetal issues directly affecting those pregnancies, premature births and low birth weights, twins with special needs, higher order multiples, and separation of multiples in classrooms, to name a few.
The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (NOMOTC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families of multiple birth children through education, research, and networking, will be hosting its second annual Multiples Family Festival in recognition and celebration of Multiple Birth Awareness month. The festival will take place Sunday, April 25 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Radisson Dallas, following the Texas Mothers of Multiples (TMOM) Convention. The event is free and is open to the public.
Additionally, parents of multiples clubs across the country will be partnering with NOMOTC during the month of April and hosting multiple birth awareness events in their local communities. The goal is to raise awareness and educate communities about parenting multiples, as well as share information about the support groups and networks available for parents of multiples nationwide. NOMOTC has created a Multiple Birth Awareness Kit, which includes event ideas, press releases, and flyers to assist clubs in planning their own local events. Click here for more information about NOMOTC’s Multiple Family Festival and to learn how parents of multiples clubs across the country are celebrating Multiple Birth Awareness Month.
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