It’s Multiples Awareness Week! Why is it important to raise awareness of multiples? It is important to celebrate because the difficulties faced by families with multiples are often not acknowledged, and greater awareness of these challenges might mean that families receive more support.
Multiple births have higher rates of complications, congenital disabilities, prematurity and difficulties with feeding. There are often greater financial burdens. The ability for parents of multiples to get more than a few hours sleep is significantly reduced with each additional baby. The logistics of feeding, clothing and bathing multiples are tricky and can mean that the babies experience less one-on-one time cuddling and attention from their parents. As a result, there are higher rates of parental guilt and post-partum depression for parents. Additionally, the rates of divorce are much higher.
Support, especially in the first six months, is vital to the health of every family member.