We have a number of parent only evenings, once a year we have a fundraising parents only evening, The Quiz Night. Lots of entertaining fun, usually held around mid to late August at the Hagley Park Horticultural Centre. Check the What's On page to see...what's on!
Are you expecting multiples and do you have lots of questions about how to enjoy having two or more babies at once? Come along to an antenatal discussion night facilitated by a parent panel from the Christchurch Multiple Birth Club. The evenings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Once joining the club as an expectant or new parent, we will pair you up with a buddy who will make contact with you. The buddy will be someone within your area who has experienced their own journey in raising multiples. The buddy system is designed to offer a listening and reassuring ear, expertise based on individual experience and the facilitation of contacts within the club and beyond to refer specific requests or needs. If you would like a visit while you are in hospital we are more than happy to come up and see you. Please make contact with the club once your babies have been born. Please remember that hospital visiting is also available for Mother's who, for whatever reason, may find themselves in hospital during their pregnancy with multiples. If you would like a visit please contact the club.
- A total of 1,950 children were multiple births in 2007, compared with 1,051 in 1977.
- Twins were born to 525 first-time mothers, and another five new mothers had triplets.
- 181 mothers of multiple births already had at least two children.
- Mothers of multiples tended to be older. While half of mothers who had single births were aged 30 or over (50 percent), for multiples this rose to almost two-thirds (63 percent).
(Statistics taken from www.stats.govt.nz)
As this can be a very precious time for many parents, we usually get contacted by the neonatal unit when our support is needed. Everything comes from life experience...not text books.
Huggies New Zealand
Huggies® is an active member in the community and are proud to provide ongoing support to numerous organisations and charities. All FULL Members of the Christchurch Multiple Births Club are eligible for a box of Huggies® Newborn Jumbo Nappies when their babies are born! Huggies® nappies are New Zealand's most preferred and recommended nappy* and are the only nappy that is clinically proven to help prevent nappy rash and endorsed by Plunket. *AC Nielsen Winning Brands August 2006