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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Are they spontaneous or did you have help?

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

It isn’t unusual for folks, even strangers, to want to know if your babies were ‘natural’ or did you have help conceiving them, even when it is none of their business.  Firstly, I prefer ‘spontaneous’ over ‘natural.’   ‘Natural’ makes it feel that if infertility assistance was used, those babies are ‘unnatural.’  Some multiples are spontaneously conceived and some are conceived with some type of infertility assistance and how they were conceived is no one’s business other than the parents, who may or may not wish to share that background information.  Indicating that you would rather not discuss the topic to the stranger in the mall who asked, is your right.  Doesn’t have to be rude, angry or aggressive, just a “that is a subject we prefer not to discuss,” is perfectly acceptable.

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