Resources


New NZMBA Booklets

In addition to "The First Year" booklet distributed to new members, the NZMBA have produced two new booklets: "And One Makes Two" and "Precious Premmies". These are excellent resources written by Kiwi multiple parents for kiwi multiple parents.

"The First year" and "And One Makes Two" are distributed to all new members upon joining the club. To ensure "Precious Premmies" is given to those who need it, please contact your New Members Contact directly for your copy. If your babies arrive early, email newmembers@kapimanamultiples.org.nz.


Library Books

We have a large selection of library books about pregnancy, birth and raising multiples - twins, triplets and more. Contact our Librarian to make an appointment to view the books, or have a look in the Library Box at the next club gathering.


Shutterfly

With Shutterfly you can enhance, organize and store your digital photography for free while making fun things like photo books, Christmas cards, baby shower invitations, etc. We also have a blog with a ton of photo tips and ideas, crafts and more. Check it out on Shutterfly.


Book Review - by Dawn Preston

Twins: A practical and emotional guide to parenting twins, by Katrina Bowman and Louise Ryan. Written by two women who have twins of their own, this book is based on theirs and other parents' experiences of pregnancy, birth and having toddlers. I fould this book a valuable resource whilst pregnant, and continue to refer to it now I have my own toddlers.

It covers chapters on pregnancy, getting organised prior to the birth, the birth itself, breast and bottle-feeding, how to survive being home alone with your new babies, sleep, pre-term babies, and even a chapter on the "twin thing". The book also has useful tips throughout. Well worth a read!


Equipment

Our club has a range of equipment available for hire. Contact our Equipment Hire Officer for more information.


NZMBA Support Group

Multiples New Zealand (NZMBA) has a support group for families who have multiples with special needs. They produce a newsletter, provide help and information for families and can help finding answers for questions that you have. The contact is: Raewyn Alexander, 36 Herron St, Brookeville, Dunedin. Ph (03) 476 4500 or email .



Twin Zygosity Testing

To find out if your multiples are identical, you can do a DNA test. The collection kit is mailed on request. Follow easy instructions to collect mouth swabs from your twins, then post the completed forms, swabs and payment of $172.50 (including GST). You will receive the results within 3 weeks of payment and samples. Contact DNA Diagnostics Ltd, c/- Diagnostic Medlab, PO Box 14743, Panmure, Auckland, ph (09) 571 6474 or email dna@dml.co.nz.


Multiple Birth Register

Multiples New Zealand in conjunction with Massey University have created a register of multiple births in New Zealand i.e. a database of twins and higher order multiples living in this country. The register is used by researchers undertaking investigations that will benefit multiples or others in our community.