National Multiple Births Awareness Day 2013

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The date has significance – as it is the birth date of the Dionne quintuplets, who, through their own personal experiences as multiple-birth children, and later as adults, helped Canadians to better understand the challenges faced by Canada’s multiple-birth community.  The surviving Dionne Quintuplets – Cecile and Yvonne – endorsed and supported this date and are pleased to have Canada’s multiple-birth community focusing on a specific theme each year.

This year, Multiple Births Canada is using National Multiple Births Awareness Day – May 28th – to emphasize and reflect on the importance of 35 years of networking support.  The 2013 theme is:  You're not alone - Canada's multiple-birth community is here to support you.

What is the purpose of this year’s theme?
This spotlight allows Canadian multiple-birth families to recognize the strength of belonging to an MBC Affiliate Organization (Chapter) or other multiple-birth group. The central message is that experienced mentors, who understand the unique challenges faced by multiple-birth families, are ready and able to help lighten the load.  By sharing experiential knowledge, gathering to network, and being there for one another, MBC Affiliate Organizations (Chapters) or other multiple-birth groups strengthen each multiple-birth parent’s ability to make informed decisions and effectively handle the distinct issues of parenting twins, triplets or more.

How is the theme being reflected?

All Canadians are encouraged to become aware of the existence of MBC and share the message that peer-to-peer support is available for parents diagnosed with a multiple pregnancy and parents with multiple-birth children.  Knowing guidance and educational resources are available will allow these parents to get through the tough spots with confidence.

MBC Affiliate Organizations (Chapters) and other multiple-birth groups are planning local family events such as picnics, park visits, hikes, walks and more.   These events create awareness for the day and its theme.  The following support materials will be available for download in early May.

Community Celebration Planner
Media Release
MBC Backgrounder
List of MBC Fact Sheets
Cake design

Nationally, MBC is encouraging

- Wear burgundy ribbons to create awareness through this year's theme for National Multiple Births Awareness Day - "You are not alone - Canada's multiple-birth community is here to support you."

Families with twins should each wear two ribbons on their shirt; families with triplets should each wear three ribbons, etc. Please wear them, and be prepared to explain why you're wearing them.  Let others know that you are proud to be part of Canada's multiple-birth community and you can help make a difference for others. The goal is to reach new and expectant parents, letting them know there is support - across Canada through MBC, and locally via MBC Chapters and other support organizations. Wearing burgundy ribbons during the weeks leading up to and after May 28th allows you to reach out and create awareness of Canada's strong and vibrant multiple-birth community.

-Multiple-birth parents to register for one or more of its Support Networks. These networks provide opportunities for multiple-birth families in the same or similar situations, parents in every province/territory and in every size community, to share concerns and areas of expertise with one another. MBC currently hosts the following Support Networks: Preterm Birth, Breastfeeding, Special Needs, Father, Lone Parent, Higher Order Multiples, Loss, LGBTQ+, and Francophone.

- Major media and new media to share information about these networks and how they make a difference for many multiple-families, helping them to move forward in the knowledge that:  You're not alone - Canada's multiple-birth community is here to support you.

 

Local Event Listings

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Temiskaming Multiple Births
Saturday, May 25th
starting at 11 a.m.

Families are invited to picnic, hike and play at Kap Kig Iwan Provincial Park in Englehart.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/kapk.html
Sign-up on the Temiskaming Multiple Births Facebook page.

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Multiple Birth Families Association of Ottawa
Sunday May 26th
10:00am - 2:00pm
Claudette Cain Park (corner of River Road and Earl Armstrong in Riverside South)

SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES BY
Little Ray’s Reptiles! (www.raysreptiles.com) and the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology!

There will be complimentary cake, balloons, activities for the kids, a playground and splash pad for the little ones to play. There will also be popcorn and refreshments for sale.

We ask that you bring a non-perishable food item(s) for donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Please invite your friends who have multiples! (Note: you don’ t need to have multiples to join in the fun! Everyone is welcome)

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Brant Multiples 'n More
Sunday May 26th
9:00 am - 6:00pm
We will be celebrating all the multiple births in the Brant/Brantford and surrounding area at Twin Valley Zoo again this year. Come for lunch at 11:30 and a fun day at the Zoo. We will be having a private animal show at 1:00pm.

Email brant@multiplebirthscananda.org for more information.

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Edmonton Twin and Triplet Club
Sunday May 26th

Sleeper Drive
The ETTC is gather all sizes of New/Gently Used sleepers and onsies to benefit local hospitals and charities

Picnic
The ETTC is also having a club picnic to celebrate National Multiple Births Awareness Day with other families of multiples.

For more details on both events please check out the ETTC website.

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Kitchener Waterloo Parents of Multiple Births Assocation
Tuesday May 28th
9:00pm - 10:00pm

Facebook Event

"You Are Not Alone!"
Join us for facts,tips, games & prizes

Let's spread awareness about all of the support that is available to those expecting multiples and/or those who have twins, triplets, or other higher birth multiples.

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Parents of Multiple Births Association Windsor
May 28th
8:00 pm

Launching new Website for their Chapter to celebrate NMBAD.
www.pombawindsor.com

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Multiple Birth Families Association of Ottawa
National Multiple Births Awareness Day (NMBAD) Lunch Hour Social
Friday May 31st
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana Ltd
200 Preston Street in Little Italy. (less than 10 minute bus ride from downtown core, street parking available)

We are inviting all MBFA members and their spouses/partners to come out to other MBFA members to commemorate NMBAD. Share stories and meet new friends while you grab a quick lunch, dessert or even coffee.

RSVP: ambereen@sympatico.ca by Wednesday May 29th. Please indicate # of people

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Twins Plus Association of Brampton
Sunday June 2nd
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Canada's Wonderland

Put on your most comfy walking shoes, gather your whole family and all your friends and come join us on Sunday June 2nd as we celebrate Multiples Births Awareness Day 2013! After last year’s great turn-out – we decided there's no better way to celebrate this year’s National Multiple Births Awareness Day (NMDAB) theme than with our wonderful Multiples community again! Don’t miss this great opportunity for your family to meet other multiple-births families from across Southern Ontario and maybe even some from further out! Join us for a fun and thrill packed day at Canada's premier amusement park – Canada's Wonderland!

Check the Facebook group  or our website www.twinsplus.ca to pre order tickets.

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Previous themes for National Multiple Births Awareness Day include:
2012 – Multiple-birth educational resources and peer to peer support - TOGETHER we can make a difference
2011 – Prenatal education and professional support must reflect the unique needs of Canada's multiple-birth community
2010 - Canada's EI Parental Leave must reflect the needs of multiple-birth infants
2009 - Classroom Placement of Multiples - together or not?

2008 - Multiple Births Canada encourages all health care professionals providing fertility advice and/or treatments to fully disclose all risks associated with a multiple pregnancy and birth, including all negative and positive outcomes, to enable patients to make informed decisions
2007 - Raising awareness of the need to recognize and encourage the individuality of multiple-birth individuals, while respecting the uniqueness of their multiple-birth relationship
2006 - Raising awareness of the unique risks of multiple-birth pregnancies and the post-natal issues faced by parents and multiples
2005 - A Call to Dialogue regarding current provisions for maternity, parental and compassionate care leave under the federal Employment Insurance Program

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