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Giving Thanks for Friendship: Jen and Michelle

what-you-too-colorsJen and Michelle each share their friendship story with each other.  Feel free to write us with  your friendship story. Email us at info@raisingmultiples.org.  Thank you Jen and Michelle for writing us.

Jen’s Story

Instead of being a joyful occasion, finding out that I was pregnant with quads was one of the scariest and loneliest times of my life. Knowing all the risks associated with a high order multiplies pregnancy only increased my fear. (more…)

November 16th, 2016|Articles, Parents of Multiples|

Giving Thanks for Friendship: Heather

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Here is a story about becoming friends with other HOM moms. Thanks Heather for sharing your story. 

I was a mere 23 years old when my husband and I unexpectedly found out we were expecting quadruplets. I’ll never forget that first ultrasound and the rush of feelings we felt that day. As we drove away from my doctor’s office we questioned everything “how will we afford this? We need a new house. We need a new car to hold them all. How will my tiny frame carry four babies? What if we lose one, some or all of them?” Worry and excitement filled our lives and while we knew we were in a unique situation it really didn’t set in until the media expressed interest and we were suddenly the talk of the town(s) here in north Texas.

At one point I just KNEW it was Kate Gosselin, “Octomom” (who happened to be pregnant at the same time)… and then me. Just the three of us. I felt alone and like nobody could relate to what I was experiencing and going through. Even the doctors were floored at our situation and had to discuss between each other to determine the right care for me and my unborn babies. I did what anyone would do and googled “quadruplets” and it wasn’t long I came across the Gerwer quads who happened to live not even 30 miles from me. I stalked their blog, read every post from the very first and anxiously awaited new posts. Having a glimpse of what my life would soon be like was exhilarating and encouraging!

Not long after that, thanks to a friend of a friend of a friend, I got to meet Casey and her family in person. Casey introduced me to a small close knit group of 14 other Quad Moms across the US. I suddenly found myself surround by people who had been there, done that and were rising quadruplets of their own. I can’t even tell you how encouraging it was to have those other moms to turn to. From our very premature delivery, to NICU, to sleeping through the night, potty training and so forth, they’ve been there to guide me through it all!

The 16 of us vacation yearly together in different parts of the states! Our small group of about 16 is now several HUNDRED members big thanks to the World Wide Web, fertility clinics and media.

Everyday I am in awe of the support that is given between these moms. From celebrating the milestones and happy days to virtual hugs and many prayers for the ones who experience loss and extremely difficult times, the bond is just incredible to be a part of and witness.

I think I can speak for many when I say I wouldn’t be who I am today as a mother if it were not for others who are in my unique situation!

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Heather Cox
www.coxquads.blogspot.com
BGGB quads  28w5d

 

 

 

November 12th, 2016|Articles, Parents of Multiples|

A Roadmap for Grieving Loss of Multiple-birth Children


infants-by-graveThis article by Elizabeth A. Pector, M.D., a Family Physician of Naperville, IL, discusses how the loss of a child or children (during pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy) affects the family of multiple birth children. Dr. Pector is an active member of the MOST Professional Advisory Board and a mother to two sons: one a surviving twin.

 

Intro by Dr Pector:

The death of multiple-birth children is a tragic event for parents and families.  This article, shortened from an original written in 2001, is a broad overview of the journey toward healing from loss of one or more children from a multiple pregnancy, based on expert opinion from clinicians, perinatal bereavement support professionals, and peer support organizations for multiples and bereaved parents. Every situation and every person is different. Complex considerations within twin or higher-multiple pregnancies make it even harder to predict what you might feel, and when. As you read this, focus on what applies to your situation.  (more…)

Adopt A Family

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The Raising Multiples Adopt-a-Family outreach program is an annual effort, mainly at holiday time, by volunteers and donors to provide assistance to multiple birth families in need. Over the years, Adopt-a-Family has helped hundreds of families and thousands of children. All donations designated for the Adopt-a-Family program are used for the program. Adopt-a-Family is a year-round endeavor, preparing for the holidays, or in case of an emergency at another time during the year.

For more information about this program please refer to  our FAQ page (more…)

E-Cigarettes Not a “Safer” Choice for Teens

e-cigaretteElectronic cigarettes are used by both smoking and nonsmoking teens, and are associated with drinking and other risky behaviors, a new study finds.

“We found that e-cigarette access is strongly related to alcohol use in teenagers,” said study author Karen Hughes. She is a professor of behavioral epidemiology at Liverpool John Moores University in England.

The researchers surveyed more than 16,000 students, aged 14 to 17, in England and found that 20 percent of them had used e-cigarettes.

Of those who had tried e-cigarettes, 16 percent had never smoked, 23 percent had tried smoking but didn’t like it, nearly 36 percent were regular smokers, nearly 12 percent only smoked when drinking, and nearly 14 percent were ex-smokers.

Students who drank alcohol were much more likely to use e-cigarettes than nondrinkers, and those who regularly binge drank were four times more likely to use e-cigarettes than those who didn’t drink, according to the study.

Among those who drank, e-cigarette use was associated with binge drinking and violence after drinking, regardless of whether they were smokers before. These findings suggest that teens that use e-cigarettes are at risk for other types of substance use and risk-taking, according to the researchers.

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October 20th, 2015|Parents of Multiples, Teen Multiples|