April is Multiple Birth Awareness Month
While parents of multiples celebrate multiple birth awareness day every day, Multiples of America, Inc. also known as the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. recognizes April as Multiple Birth Awareness Month.
What can clubs do to raise awareness about multiple birth awareness in their local communities? Here is a list of ideas to get you started!
- Have a clothing and equipment sale! This is a great way to advertise your club and make your community aware of the support resources that are available if they are expecting multiples or know someone who is.
- Your club could host an Open House and new member drive. Post flyers at daycare centers, schools, churches, and hospitals to invite potential members to learn more about your club and the joys and challenges of raising multiples.
- Have a fundraiser and plan to make a donation in honor of Multiple Birth Awareness Month. Some clubs raise funds to purchase rocking chairs or other equipment for the NICU. Some clubs raise funds for books about multiple birth pregnancy or multiple birth children to local schools and libraries. What about raising funds for a park bench with a plaque that shares your club information? Get creative on what you can raise funds for and be sure to alert the media when you make the donation.
- Organize a story time with books about multiples at your local bookstore.
- Ask your local public library or school library or even a local bookstore to have a table display that features books about multiples or books that have characters that are multiples.
- Organize a multiple birth panel for your club meeting and identify local sets of multiples who are known in the community or famous and invite them to share stories about growing up and answering questions about their multiple birth bond. Be sure to alert the media on this one!
- Organize an outing to the zoo or a park for your club member families. Alert the media of a large gathering of multiples and you are sure to pique their curiosity.
For those of you who are teachers or volunteer at your multiples’ school:
- Have bulletin boards around the school featuring multiples. You could have a bulletin board outside of the gym that has pictures of famous athlete twins like Ronde and Tiki Barber of football fame. A bulletin board outside of a science classroom could feature Mark and Scott Kelly the astronaut twins who just completed a landmark study with one twin in space while the other stayed on earth. https://www.nasa.gov/twins-study A bulletin board by the school auditorium could feature famous multiples who sing and act. You get the idea.
- Have a bulletin board display showing different sets of multiples and have the kids guess if they are identical or fraternal with information on the difference between the two.
- Have singleton children write essays about what they think it would be like to be part of a set of multiples. Have multiple sets then share what it is really like to be a twin or triplet.
- Have a class make up a set a questions to ask each multiple independently of each other to see if they answer the questions alike.
- Have children buddy up with a friend and dress identically.
We would love to hear from you on what your club did to raise awareness either in April or any month for that matter. Your stories and pictures might even be published on the website or in our quarterly magazine Notebook. Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org