DIONNE QUINTUPLETS’ BIRTH DESIGNATED AS NATIONALLY HISTORICAL EVENT BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Posted on March 28, 2018. Filed under: Making a Difference, Multiple Birth, Multiple Birth Prenatal Class DVD, Quadruplets, quintuplets, raising multiples, Triplets, Twins | Tags: , , , , , , |

I am very excited to read about this is this morning’s news feed. The Dionne Quintuplets are the only recorded MONOZYGOTIC (Identical) quintuplets in the world. Unfortunately the story takes a down turn from that point as three levels of government stepped in and took the babies from their parents and other siblings, placed them in an observation building and displayed them to the public for the first nine years of their lives. “Quintland,” as the compound was called, became a huge money maker for the area as more than five million tourists viewed them through a one-way mirror.
 
The 5 young ladies were returned to their parents aged 9 and virtually were strangers to not only their parents, but their 8 other siblings as well due to their long, imposed separation from their family. The reunion did not go well at all and in the
late 1980s, the Canadian government compensated the surviving Quints for their pain and suffering as a result of the rupture caused by their forced removal from their family home. This was not one of Canada’s finer moments.
 
Both myself (www.jumelle.ca) and Multiple Births Canada (www.multiplebirthscanada.org) have been working for several decades to ensure that multiples in Canada and beyond are not exploited, forceably or needlessly removed from their families or separated from each other for adoption. We must learn from the mistakes of the past and ensure that our errors in judgement are not carried forward.
 
My heart feels good this morning as this tragedy of circumstances of birth is somewhat rectified, acknowledged and the Dionne Family fully recognized for the very special and unique family they are.
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MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES AND POST PARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD)

Posted on May 12, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

28th May is Canada’s Multiple Birth Awareness Day and Multiple Births Canada is leading the educational charge in making folks aware that parents with twins, triplets and more will very likely experience some degree of PPD after their babies are born. Yes, PPD can also occur when having a singleton child, but multiple-birth mothers are more likely to experience PPD because of all the hormones combined with caring for two, three or more infants simultaneously. Occasionally, due to extreme sleep deprivation and the on-call hard work, so will fathers/partners experience some degree of PPD.

PPD is no one’s fault, is a disease, can be treated and affects everyone in the family.

Multiple Births Canada can be reached at www.multiplebirthscanada.orgLearn more about multiples and PPD and/or share your story and experience.

P.S. 28th May is the Dionne Quintuplets birthday. We greatly acknowledge that Annette and Cecile (the surviving of the 5) so kindly allow Canadian multiple-birth families to celebrate their special families on their Birthday.

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Dionne Quintuplets

Posted on May 28, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The surviving Dionne quintuplets, Annette and Cecile turn 80 years old today.  They have given Multiple Births Canada permission to celebrate Canada’s National Multiple Birth Awareness Day, today, their birthday.  With women waiting longer to have children, having more children than in the recent past and using infertility assistance, there is an increase in multiple-births.  Not only do we need to understand the unique issues challenges in raising two or more infants at the same, but we also need to ensure that what the Canadian , Provincial and local city governments made this family suffer, Never happens again!

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