SEEING DOUBLE: Ipswich Hospital has had a run of twins in February and March with (clockwise from front) Riley and Mia Wightwick, Fletcher and Oliver Harris, Rhaya and Deagan Pitkin and Grace and Lilly Pedley.
SEEING DOUBLE: Ipswich Hospital has had a run of twins in February and March with (clockwise from front) Riley and Mia Wightwick, Fletcher and Oliver Harris, Rhaya and Deagan Pitkin and Grace and Lilly Pedley. Kate Czerny

Bumper crop of twins ahead of Multiple Birth week

IN THE lead up to Multiple Birth Awareness Week, Ipswich Hospital has recorded one of its highest twin birth rates by delivering six sets of twins in a single month.

It's the highest number of multiple births recorded at the hospital in a one-month period since 2012, which saw seven sets of twins delivered in October that year.

Only three months into 2015 and there have already been 11 sets of twins born at Ipswich Hospital, including the six sets born last month.

Last year, 28 sets of twins were born at the hospital - an average of one multiple birth every 13 days.

The impressive February statistic was right on cue for the Australian Multiple Birth Association's awareness week which kicks off today.

The week celebrates the joy of parenting multiples and promotes awareness around the challenges faced by multiple birth families.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Clinical Services executive director Linda Hardy said it was important to acknowledge the crucial role played by immediate and extended family, friends and community support groups in helping multiple birth families to thrive, not just survive.

"While our maternity staff play a key role in equipping new parents with the skills and knowledge to ease the transition from hospital to home, joining an AMBA-affiliated support group can deliver real benefits to the mental health and overall coping skills of parents," Ms Hardy said.

"In these friendly environments parents can gain access to a shared community by finding services, practical tips, resources and even social events with like-minded people facing the same day-to-day challenges.

"Having the support of people who understand your unique challenges is invaluable for parents who need to care for their own wellbeing, as well as that of their new babies." For more information about AMBA visit amba.org.au or phone 1300 886 499.



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