London Marathon dream comes true for MBF supporter
Long time MBF supporter Sharon Threlfall completed the London Marathon in a fabulous 4 hours and 38 minutes on 28 April 2019 raising an amazing £1,172 for the charity that supports families with twins, triplets and more and the healthcare professionals who work with them.
The MBF Director Jane Denton supported the Threlfall family when Sharon was pregnant with twins Acer and Jake. The family, who are all now keen runners were a tremendous support on the day and Jane joined them to cheer her on.
Jane said "I was delighted to support Sharon and we are very grateful for all she has done to support the MBF over the past few years."
Sharon said: "It has been a long held dream to run the London Marathon, and so I was excited, if not a little scared, to gain a ballot place back in October. Having marshalled at Mile 16 for the previous three years, I had an idea of the scale of the task as I had only run 15 miles before securing my place. I was very lucky to have the support of Paul, Isla, Acer and Jake to allow me to train for the six months before the marathon.
The weather conditions were perfect on the day, and I felt quite relaxed at the start. I was happy to let people run past me, as I was determined to follow my own plan. It was wonderful to see my family at the Cutty Sark, about 6 miles in, and then again on the Isle of Dogs along with volunteers from my club, Ware Joggers, at 16 miles.
Everything went very well up to about Mile 20 when I started to feel tired. And then I hit the wall at 21.5 miles! I must admit the last 5 miles were struggle, and there might have been a few tears. But I finished in 4:38, well below my target of 5 hours. While the marathon distance may represent unfinished business, it was a delight to run for the MBF and I am so pleased to continue to support this important charity."
Book published for parents expecting twins
The MBF's Director, Jane Denton and Professor Mark Kilby have recently published a book for expectant parents of twins called 'One Born Every Minute: Expecting Twins.'
Written by 2 of the leading experts on multiple births it is the most comprehensive, accessible, illustrated guide to pregnancy, birth and the first year of the babies' life. It combines personal stories form parents of twins with medical advice from consultants giving expectant parents all the information they need.
MBF WELCOMES NATIONAL STANDARD FOR MULTIPLE PREGNANCY CARE
National standards on multiple pregnancy from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) could transform the care of women expecting twins and triplets, says Jane Denton, Director of the Multiple Births Foundation.
The key messages of the publication are:
- the need for a multidisciplinary core team with specialist expertise in multiple pregnancies
- clarity about management and monitoring of the pregnancy
- guidance on when referral to a fetal medicine specialist is required and
- specific antenatal education to prepare the women and their partners to care for two or three babies.
Now published as the NICE Multiple Pregnancy Quality Standard, it will, in conjunction with the previously published NICE Guideline on Multiple Pregnancy, give providers and commissioners of maternity services clear, evidence-based guidance on how to care for women with a multiple pregnancy. The Quality Standard sets out how to implement the changes and measure the outcomes.
Welcoming the publication of this important document, Jane Denton said: "The NICE Multiple Pregnancy Quality Standard in conjunction with the NICE Guideline on Multiple Pregnancy has the potential to transform the care of women expecting twins and triplets. The MBF will be working with the professional groups to meet the challenge of ensuring the guidance is fully implemented."
NICE Quality Standard
NICE Quality Standard Press Release:
NICE Guideline on Multiple Pregnancy
The MBF's FOUNDER, DR ELIZABETH (LIBBY) BRYAN, FRCP, FRCPCH,
born May 13 1942; died February 21 2008
The founder of the Multiple Births Foundation, Elizabeth Mary Bryan, Consultant Paediatrician, was widely acknowledged as one of the world's greatest experts on twins and higher multiple births, their problems and their development. She was the author of several books, a number of which were about multiples, another on infertility and the final one about the cancer gene that ultimately killed her. Until very nearly the end of her life, she was also a lecturer of international renown. A biography of her life can be found here.
In 2016 11,949 sets of twins were born in the UK compared with 7,573 in 1985.
However most people have little idea just how demanding multiple birth babies can be. The reality is that often parents' ability to cope is dramatically reduced by the problems that accompany having twins, triplets or more. As a result, the need for the correct care and support has never been greater and it is our aim to provide advice, information and support to multiple birth families and professionals working in the field.
- Mothers may need extra pre-natal
care and monitoring.
- Babies are often born earlier,
or smaller than singleton babies, and are therefore more vulnerable.
- Coping with two or more
newborn babies can seem an overwhelming task, and parents may
need support with caring for the babies.
- Multiples may experience
language delay, behavioural disorders, excessive rivalry or dependency.
The Multiple Births Foundation is a charity
and relies for its income on grants, donations and fundraising activities.