Katelyn McInnes with her three-year-old twin siblings Jack and Chloe

The joys of multiples

by Ann van Engelen

Multiples Canterbury is an organisation run by parents of twins, triplets or more, of all ages, offering advice, encouragement, support, information and social activities for parents, grandparents and caregivers of multiple birth families.

“Founded in 1977, we are the oldest Multiples Club in New Zealand and cover the Upper South Island with satellite clubs in Timaru and Nelson. I manage the Selwyn group, and Helen Johnson runs North Canterbury from Rangiora,” says Multiples Canterbury contact Sophie McInnes.

“In Selwyn, we have regular coffee mornings with organised nights out for socialising once a quarter. The latter is particularly good for connecting with expectant mums and those with older multiples. We rotate between Rolleston, West Melton and Lincoln.

“The club is fantastic, for me having twins it was a good source of information on how to juggle two newborns at once. You don’t realise it isn’t the same as a small gap between siblings until you have a multiple birth.

“If you are expecting a multiple birth, our Multiples Canterbury Facebook groups are a place where you can gather information and hear about upcoming events. Our weekly playgroups have grandparents come along too, and you are able to relax without all the usual questions. You meet people in the same boat as we are parents helping parents, caregivers or grandparents bringing up multiples for various reasons.”

For more information, go to Multiples Canterbury Facebook
page or multiplescanterbury.org.nz website.