Everyone knows what they say about assuming, but it's probably a safe assumption to say that the more babies a person has, the more help is needed. Fortunately, there are many helpful resources available to parents of twins and higher order multiples.
Books may be somewhat old school, but they can still be a valuable source of information, especially as a reference material. There have been many, many books written on parenting multiples. Some of the best are:
- To guide you through multiple pregnancy, Luke and Eberlein's "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy" has invaluable medical and diet advice to help you power through growing a litter of babies.
- To make you laugh while giving helpful advice for the first months, try Regan-Loomis' "Juggling Twins: The Best Tips, Tricks, and Strategies from Pregnancy to the Toddler Years."
- For tips and tricks for breastfeeding multiples, definitely read Karen Gromada's "Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! (La Leche League International Book)." Gromada is a national expert on breastfeeding multiples for La Leche League, and she lives right here in Cincinnati and works in lactation for the Tri-Health hospitals (Good Samaritan and Bethesda North).
Twinstuff.com is a fantastic online community for mothering multiples, specifically geared towards twins. (Obviously.) There are forums about a plethora of twin-related topics, including pregnancy, and are broken down by children's ages. Search the forums for any topic you can dream up and you'll likely find a discussion about it; if not, join the site and you can post your question for the masses. You can even sign up for a "big sister" program where you are paired with another parent of multiples with similar interests.
Who can empathize better than someone who's been there or still is there?The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs unites many local chapters of support groups for parents of multiples- and not just twins. It seeks to promote the ways in which raising multiples is different than raising "normal" singleton babies. There are two local chapters in the greater Cincinnati area, one in West Chester and one in Anderson Township that serves all of the Eastern Hills. Both groups hold monthly meetings along with moms nights out and used gear/clothing sales. The West Chester group has an impressive website and its meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 at the West Chester Church of the Nazarine. The Eastern Hills group meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 at the Anderson Hills united Methodist Church. Check back in coming weeks to read expanded features on each of these groups.