National Multiple Births Awareness Day - 2015
MBC is excited to announce the 2015 theme:
"Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) - Early diagnosis can save lives."
It is our goal to increase awareness of the risks of TTTS for families expecting multiples, and to encourage health care professionals to ensure that expectant parents receive ultrasounds early in their pregnancy to diagnose if they are at risk for developing TTTS.
For more information: Read MBC’s 2015 National Multiple Births Awareness Day Media Release, and a Backgrounder about Multiple Births Canada, and take a look at the additional resources listed at the bottom of this page.
How can you help create awareness?
- Share your story - Did you experience TTTS? Please consider sharing your story and pictures with MBC. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: stories can be shared anonymously.
- Share our message - Share MBC’s messages with family, friends and health care professionals in your community and through your social media channels. (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) Make sure to visit and "LIKE" MBC's Facebook page for the 2015 National Multiple Births Awareness Day (NMBAD).
- Make a donation OR Start a fundraiser – to help deliver information and support to families expecting multiples and to families with newborn multiples in NICUs across Canada. We hope every family will receive the best prenatal care, and will find support for the challenges of parenting twins, triplets and more.
• Make a donation: Click here to donate through CanadaHelps or Click here for alternative ways of donating to support MBC’s mission.
• Create a fundraiser: Start a personal fundraiser using MBC’s CanadaHelps Fundraising Page OR Plan a group Strollathon.
- Learn more about Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS):
• Read our personal stories from families who have experienced TTTS.
• Read our Fact Sheet: Monochorionic Multiple Pregnancy and Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.
• Watch MBC’s interview with Dr. Greg Ryan and interview with Jodie Tummers, a mom who experienced TTTS.
- Find Support!
• Are you expecting multiples? Join the Preterm Birth Support Network.
• Have you experienced a pregnancy or infant loss due to TTTS or other causes? Join the Loss Support Network.
• Find a Chapter near you.
• Read our Fact Sheets.
• Join any of our national Support Networks.
- Plan a Chapter or community event – The following are a list of resources to help you plan an event in celebration of National Multiple Births Awareness Day or in support of this theme now or throughout the upcoming year:
• How to Engage the Media
• Community Planner
• Sample - Strollathon Planning Checklist
• Sample - Strollathon Pledge Form
• Sample - Strollathon Sponsorship Request Package
• NMBAD Posters in English and French
• Cake Design Template
Additional Information and Resources:
• MBC’s 2015 National Multiple Births Awareness Day Media Release.
• Backgrounder on Multiple Births Canada.
• How MBC offers support to members and multiple-birth families: Multiple Births Canada and You Fact Sheet
• For more information about Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) read MBC's Fact Sheet.
• Incidence of multiple births in Canada: Multiple Birth Facts and Figures.
• To volunteer, share your stories, ask questions or provide suggestions, please send an email to email@example.com.
• It is 10 years since we first celebrated National Multiple Births Awareness Day in 2005. Here's a history of the awareness messages MBC shared each year.
• TTTS Foundation website.
• Mt. Sinai’s Dr. Greg Ryan: Making Medical History and Patients thank Dr. Ryan.
• Jenna Morton’s story on Momstown: How a first trimester ultrasound can help save babies’ lives.
• Today’s Parents article about Jenna Morton’s pregnancy with TTTS.
• List of fetal treatment centres worldwide.
• TTTS information from the Twins and Multiple Births Association UK (TAMBA).
• Article - Waterloo family grateful twins survived rare syndrome.
• Multiple births in Canada - facts and stories.
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