Multiple Birth


Posted on February 4, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Multiple Birth, Quadruplets, raising multiples, Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

There are a few of ways you can tell when your babies have finished feeding.

They are less fussy, mood improvement                                                                                            Stop sucking on their hands                                                                                                        They reach a relaxed state                                                                                                              Fall of the nipple

Take a look at this very helpful short video:



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Posted on January 14, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Multiple Birth, Multiple Birth Prenatal Class DVD, raising multiples, simultaneous breast feeding, Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOU ARE EXPECTING TWINS OR MORE, see if your community offers any multiple-birth prenatal classes and both you and your partner SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY. Your healthcare provide should be able to refer you to any. DO NOT wait until later in your pregnancy as you never know if/when you will be placed on bedrest, making taking a class impossible. A multiple-birth pregnancy is NOT like a expecting a singleton and singleton classes are traditionally taken much later in that pregnancy. A multiple-birth prenatal class needs to be taken as early as possible so that you learn things about your pregnancy and how to act accordingly, e.g. nutrition and how much you need to be eating; signs and symptoms of premature labour, and so much more. This is not meant to scare you, but to empower you! Knowledge can be translated into power and knowing as much as possible about carrying twins, triplets or more WELL BEFORE they arrive just makes sense. If you do not know if there are any classes in your community and live in Canada 🇨🇦️, check in with Multiple Births Canada 🇨🇦️ at They have a list of many of the Support Chapters across Canada. 🇨🇦   Also check out my own Site at   There is in depth FREE information on it as well.
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I am expecting Twins/Triplets/More. Now what?

Posted on January 7, 2018. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, Multiple Birth, raising multiples, simultaneous breast feeding, Triplets, Twins, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

AS SOON AS YOU KNOW you are expecting twins, triplets or more, there are some important steps to be taken.  Here goes:

-Find out if the babies are monozyotic (identical) because you need to know as soon as is possible if any of the babies have Twin–to-Twin-Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).  EVEN WITHIN TRIPLETS, QUADRUPLETS OR MORE.  If yes, you will be under the umbrella of “High Risk” and both you and the babies will be followed very closely until birth.  Find out all you can about TTTS so that you are informed and know what questions to ask of your healthcare professionals.  My Site at has an in depth article on TTTS.

-Join your local Twin and Triplet support chapter.  They will have a ton of information to share and it is nice to be with others making the same journey.  In Canada, Multiple Births Canada (MBC) has a full list of all multiple-birth support Chapters across the country.  They can be found at

-Sign-up for a multiple-birth prenatal class in your community if they have one and both partners should attend.  You will get information pertinent for having twins or more.  SINGLETON PRENATAL CLASSES ARE LIMITED IN PERTINENT INFORMATION AND HAVING ONE AT A TIME IS NOT THE SAME AS HAVING TWO OR MORE AT A TIME.

-If you are considering breastfeeding your babies, sign up with a knowledgeable Lactation Consultant.  You will not be disappointed.

-Learn as much as you can ahead of time before your babies arrive so you are better prepared and receive support and resources focused on your pregnancy.

-If you are stuck at any time, ASK FOR HELP/SUPPORT.  You are not alone.  So many reliable people are here to help

-Very best wishes and enjoy your babies!!!

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Posted on October 6, 2017. Filed under: Making a Difference, Multiple Birth, raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sometimes little ones can feel overwhelmed as you leave them at daycare or preschool. No amount of reassurances will make them feel better and your Mommy/Daddy Guilt is off the chart as a result!

A Mom with boy/girl twins experienced this situation, but only with her son, and she called me distraught and laden with guilt at her son’s reaction. She was positive she was injuring him emotionally and he would never recover.

We knew he liked the place, the people, the toys and the songs. His sister was there and he liked that aspect too. So I suggested that she tell him at breakfast that they were going to school, but that she would give a kiss to keep until he needed it during his morning. On arrival at school, and according to our plan, she gave him a large kiss in the palm of his hand and folded his fingers around it. She shared with him again, “If you are feeling you need that kiss at any time, just put Mommy’s kiss on your cheek.”

This worked really well except two days later, the school called (laughing) saying that he would not use that hand until he had used the kiss. He was afraid to drop it. When Mom shared the story with me, we had such a laugh, also appreciating how clever he was to not wish to drop his kiss. So I suggested to Mom to tell him to put the kiss in his pocket until he needed it. Of course she would need to make sure his outfit had pockets. This way, the kiss was secure and safe.

There was no looking back and not only did the Little Fellow enjoy his school, Mom no longer had any feelings of guilt.

Try thinking outside the box when problem solving with your Littles.  Making them a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem, can soon have you all on the road to success.

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Multiples and Vaginal Delivery

Posted on August 7, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Triplets, Twins | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Using the term “natural birth” for a vaginal delivery implies that having a c-section is “un-natural.”  I prefer using “vaginal birth” instead of “natural birth/delivery.”  If you are expecting multiples and need a c-section, then IMO, both types of delivery are natural.

A vaginal delivery is usually decided at the time of birth by Mom’s health and the position of the lower baby, i.e. if that baby is head down.  If the second baby is also head down, wonderful and the chances of vaginal delivery are pretty well assured.  If the second baby is breech and depending upon the type of breech (i.e. feet down, across the abdomen, etc), the doctor may have the experience to turn or rotate baby to head down for safest delivery.  If the second baby is showing signs of distress (e.g. increased or decreased heart rate), it may be decided to have a c-section for delivery of the second baby.  This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen from time to time.

The more fetuses Mom is carrying, the more likely they will be delivered by c-section.  In 30+ years of working in the field, I have only personally known of one vaginal delivery of triplets.


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The Individuals Within the Group

Posted on May 6, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Our multiples all arrive at the same time (obviously).  Not so obviously, because they have (inadvertently) been identified as a group because of their births, they are also individuals within the group.   They are not a package and you, as the parents, have the capability to make sure that their individuality is also celebrated.   Some great hints to encourage their individuality while also respecting their special and unique bond, are following.

If you have any ways you helped encourage your babies’ individuality, please let us know.  

~Don’t give them rhyming names, or even names beginning with the same letter.         ~Don’t continually dress them alike.  Once is a while won’t hurt, but not continually.         ~Have a Baby Book and Photo Albums PER child.  Otherwise, who does the one book belong to?                                                                                                                                                 ~Always have a birthday cake PER child                                                                               ~Always sing Happy Birthday PER child                                                                       ~Encourage family and friends not to send cards for Twins.  Who opens the card?  Who owns the one card?  WW3 could start here.                                                                              ~Do not compare the children to each other (your brother uses the potty, you need to as well) nor let others compare them.                                                                                                  ~Because there is a built-in comparison with multiples, take the word “Twin” or “Triplet” out of the situation and deal with the solutions on individual basis.  AS LONG AS EACH CHILD PROCEEDS AT HIS OR HER OWN RATE AND CONTINUES TO MEET MILESTONES, DON’T PUSH THINGS.  BRINGING UP MULTIPLES IS NOT A RACE OR COMPETITION.  Each child needs to be who they are, even in the multiple-birth setting.

Enjoy those babies and children!!!

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Gestational length of twins

Posted on May 4, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Some of the amazing Mommas on La Leche League’s Twin and Triplet Breastfeeding Facebook page in the U.S. were asking about how long some of the other reader’s had carried their babies.  Here are some of the replies:

35 weeks, 2 days                                                                                                                                   38 weeks, 1 day                                                                                                                                     35 weeks, 5 days                                                                                                                                   38 weeks                                                                                                                                                 37 weeks, 6 days                                                                                                                                   39 weeks, 5 days                                                                                                                                     36 weeks, 6 days                                                                                                                                   37 weeks, 1 day                                                                                                                                     35 weeks                                                                                                                                                   39 weeks, 2 days                                                                                                                                 My own was 40 weeks, 1 day:  Spontaneous labour of 5 and 3/5 hours to the birth of the second twin.  18 minutes apart and no stretch marks, but belly muscles were shot. I needed a tummy tuck.  My singleton children were an 8 hour and 22-hour labours.  Go figure!  LOL   All worth it.


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Having Twins or Triplets….

Posted on April 21, 2017. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Even though there are no guarantees, there are several elements that need to be in place to become pregnant with twins or triplets. Here are some of the possible elements, in no particular order:
1) If you already have other children;
2) If you are over 30 years old;
3) Chances are even greater if you are over 35 years old;
4) The closer they are to you on your family tree;
5) If you used infertility assistance; and
6) They will start on your family tree somewhere and perhaps you will be the one who will get things started.
I could add here that if you have one spontaneous set of multiples, i.e. no infertility assistance, it is said that you can up your chances by 50% of having multiples again in a subsequent pregnancy. There is one family who had nine children, including four sets of twins.
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Singleton Siblings of Multiples

Posted on October 2, 2015. Filed under: Multiple Birth | Tags: , , , , , |

If you have older or younger siblings than your multiples, there are some behaviours you might need to address.  Take a look at the article Singleton Siblings of Multiples on my Site at to learn hints and tips of what to expect and how to meet any possible challenges whether the siblings are older or younger than your multiples.  Make sure things run as smoothly as possible!

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Multiple Birth Means Multiple Everything!

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Multiple Birth, Quadruplets, quintuplets, simultaneous breast feeding, Triplets, Twins |

Multiple births have been in the news quite a bit the past few months and it is difficult to tell if that is a good thing or a bad thing (think the California woman who gave birth to octuplets and Jon and Kate). Having multiples is what we commonly refer to in the business as a “hard happiness.” Of course there are logistic challenges such as carrying them, house is too small, so is the car, emotional and mental issues, but the truth is these children are also a blessing. Double the laughter, double the joy, double the hugs, double the kisses (or triple or quadruple…..) and the family may have other children as well. These are definitely busy households but that doesn’t mean that life is always hectic or unorganized. Sure those days exist but there is less stress on finding playmates for socialization, there are enough players for lots of games, story time can be precious, and bath time memorable. Not to mention the cute and fun things that kiddies say and do to light up your life, e.g. “what part of the pig do the lampchops come from?” Or when helping to fold laundry, my 3-year old held up my bra and said “Here’s your bra-ccoli!” Or when one asked, “How far do the aids go?” Asking for clarifications, she said, “You know, First Aid, Second Aid…..” Comedy writers couldn’t write better lines.

What’s this got to do with multiple-births? Well, sometimes I think society focuses too much on how many and not enough on the treasures children are. Sure we need to take prenatal classes geared towards multiple births, and do some reading and preparation for what we can expect when we need to juggle all those babies, but it is so important not to also remember what joy they bring as well.

So my husband and I just celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary and our twins + older sibling (read 3 under two years) did not cause us to divorce but did exactly the opposite and made sure we worked together and made a team.

Stay tuned for more on multiples…….

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