National Multiple Births Awareness Day 2014

All documents (Celebration Planner, Media Release, Fact Sheet ) and Local Events listed below Theme details.

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.

We are pleased to present you with the theme for National Multiple Births Awareness Day 2014: "It's a multiple's choice: encourage twins, triplets and more to make individual decisions".

This theme goes beyond the words and actions of multiple-birth parents; it is a reflection for caregivers, teachers, social and medical professionals, friends, immediate and extended family. It is also a reminder to media and the general public to consider how they view and treat twins, triplets and more. Allowing young multiples to grow into strong, independent adults is partially connected to the decision making process – the same or different is acceptable; the importance is in encouraging autonomous choices. 

It’s a specific mindset focusing on a positive outcome – and, while it sounds simple, for our twins, triplets and more it is complicated by their loyalty to each other.

In the words of Joan A. Friedman, Ph. D., author of Emotionally Healthy Twins: A New Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Individuals:

When that authentic sense of self is never allowed to blossom because twins are always being thrown together, treated as a twosome, or left to their own private world, each grows up not knowing how to function as a “me” instead of a “we”.

Patricia Maxwell Malmstrom and Janet Poland, in their book The Art of Parenting Twins: The Unique Joys and Challenges of Raising Twins and Other Multiples, offer more food for thought for parents of younger multiples:

Allow your children to make some clothing decisions. When twins are able to choose the clothes they wear, they are also deciding whether or not to dress alike or differently from each other. This is an important step in developing a sense of mastery of their fates. By asserting their individuality and testing the effects of dressing alike or differently, they are making decisions that affect their sense of self and their awareness of their relationship.

The complication for twins, triplets and more is explained by Joan A Friedman, an adult multiple herself who has experienced this reality: One of the unique challenges of being a cotwin or comultiple is the concern that every step you take will have a direct and altering impact on your twin or multiple sibling.

As I prepare the communication materials for National Multiple Births Awareness Day 2014. I'd like you to reflect and answer the following questions on

Reflect on a time when you asked your twins, triplets or more to make an individual decision for something specific. Please describe that time. Was it easy or hard for each child to make his or her own decision? What was the resulting benefit or drawback of letting each make their own choices?  

When you post please tell me the age and sex of your multiples at the time, and provide their zygosity information (monozygotic/identical or dizygotic/fraternal). Thank you.

If you would prefer, please send the information directly to me at 
Gail Moore, MBC Advocacy and Awareness Coordinator

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 Fact Sheet - Encouraging Individuality
Cake design

Local Event Listings



Twins Plus Association of Brampton (TPAB) thas once again coordinated a Canada's Wonderland event. Put on your most comfy walking shoes, gather your whole family and all your friends and come join us on Saturday, May 31st as we celebrate Multiples Births Awareness Day 2014!
This has become an annual event for TPAB and we have decided to continue to celebrate 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!
To purchase your discounted tickets, please contact Nina at for the link.




You're invited to our 2nd Annual Facebook Party in celebration of National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28! Who's invited? Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Extended Family, Teachers, Caregivers, Health Professionals - everyone is welcome to join in to have some fun, win some prizes and learn about multiple-births children!



When:  Sunday, June 1, 2014

Time:  10am to 2pm

Where:  Brewer Park (100 Brewer Way, across Bronson from Carleton University)

Brewer Park is a great place for the kids;  there are 3 play structures, a large playing field and even a Splash pad.  Please see the photos below

We look forward to seeing you there!

NOTE: Brewer Park hosts the Ottawa Farmer's Market on Sundays. This will be a great opportunity to visit them, but it will also probably be a busy spot during our celebration and parking might be a problem. The Ottawa Farmer's Market is offering FREE parking at Carleton University lot 5 and 7 on Sundays. You will need to go to their website and print a parking pass. The website is:




The Saskatoon Parents of Twins and Triplets Organization (SPOTTO) celebrated National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th with a special cake at the Chat & Play group. The weekly Chat & Play time is a fun way for multiple-birth children to meet and play with other families, while moms, dads and nannies visit with others who can relate to the various stages, challenges and rewards of parenting multiples. 

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