So you fall pregnant and think how wonderful life will be with your new little mini-me.. then you go for a scan and discover not one but two heartbeats.. or even three!
Having multiples is not only a lesson in patience but tough, rewarding, difficult, funny and sometimes isolating – especially if you live in the country.
Enter the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association (BXMBA). They are a lifeline. They are new friends. They are support.
The BXMBA is a not for profit organisation which was originally set up to help multiple birth families to network, find support and friendship while parenting twins, triplets or more!
It is a volunteer run club that is part of a greater support network of 65+ clubs nationally.
When you join the BXMBA you get: fun, support, connection with other parents/carers of multiples, playgroup, outings, information nights, parent nights out, morning teas, Christmas party, monthly meetings, newsletters and magazines.
The Facebook access (to members only) is where you can get support, ideas or just have a chat without leaving your home. Other bonuses are the fact that you have access to resources such as information on multiples from pregnancy to beyond the start of school including but not limited to books and DVD’s.
The group also runs the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association Playgroup. This playgroup is held at Bathurst Baptist Church, 188 Eglinton Road, Bathurst. They are there for a friendly chat (and to tire the kids out!) every 2nd Monday of the month during the school terms. All you need to bring is yourself, your babies and a gold coin donation ($2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members). They will even feed you morning tea!
If you or someone you know would like to join the BXMBA you can find them at firstname.lastname@example.org
To celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week which runs from 9th – 16th March the BXBMA is hosting a free event for all families of multiples. There will be some laughs at the mini-train day which includes face painting as well! It really is a great chance to get out and meet other families of multiples around your area.