of Help and Commonly Asked Questions
What sort of free help is
The Multiple Births Foundation holds prenatal meetings in London for parents and grandparents expecting a multiple birth. Healthcare and other professionals are also welcome to attend.
The evenings run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and begin with an illustrated talk by the MBF's Director, Jane Denton RGN RM, followed by question time with a local twins club.
They are held in Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital. Directions to the hospital can be found on the hospital's website.
Please contact us to find out details of our next class
There is a suggested donation of £5.00 per person which can be paid at the door. Many of the MBF's publications will be available for sale.
Booking is essential. Please contact the MBF on 020 3313 3519 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve places.
There is no free state help routinely available for twin families.
Families who are expecting a higher order multiple birth should
contact their health visitor in the antenatal period, for information
about local social services provision and voluntary bodies. The
MBF has a free leaflet available with further information.
A charity which can provide trained volunteers to lend support at
home. Every Home-Start scheme is locally based, managed and run
by individual communities and supports families from that community.
Contact Home-Start to see if there is a scheme near you, telephone
0116 233 9955, Email: email@example.com or at http://www.home-start.org.uk
Parent Education Classes
If you are looking for local parent education classes, the following
may be of interest. The MBF has been informed that these classes are running but is not involved with them directly so please contact the organisers for further details and information.
Multiple Birth Antenatal and Preparation for Parenting Course
An intensive two day course especially designed to meet the needs ofcouples expecting twins or triplets. The course includes: choices forlabour and birth for multiples, what to expect in labour and how tocope, how to make Caesarian birth special, prematurity and special care, how to feed and care for more than one baby and how to nurture the identities and individuality of twins.
The course is run by qualified antenatal teachers, trained by the NCT and members of the Federation of Antenatal Teachers.
For more information or to book please:-
Call Sharon or Lorraine on 020 8508 7616 or email
2win Parent Preparation Course
Expecting twins? The 2WIN Parent Preparation Course is a unique group covering the South East Coast that focuses on twin and multiple pregnancy and its specific challenges. The course aims to be a reassuring guide which will empower prospective parents and give them the confidence they need for their pregnancy, birth and life with their newborn babies. Those wishing to travel can attend a 3 hour session on a one to one basis with an experienced twin consultant to prepare you forhaving more than one baby.
Contact the course coordinator Tracy Law 07849 751 474 or email
There are a range of paid help
options available which include Maternity Nurses, Nannies, Mother's
Help, Au Pairs, and Registered Childminders. The MBF has a leaflet
available which gives further information on these options.
We cannot stress strongly enough the
importance of following up all references, especially on nannies/helpers
who have sole charge.
For advice on buying equipment
such as twin and triple buggies and prams please contact Twins Trust who
will be able to put you in contact with retailers and also parents
who sell on their equipment.
Some of the most helpful local advice will probably be gained from
other twin or triplet mothers in your area, who are usually only
too pleased to pass on their experiences. Contact with your local
Twins Club can be invaluable. For your local club contacts telephone
Twins Trust on 0800 138 0509, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://twinstrust.org/
or see http://www.twinsclub.co.uk