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April 15, 2009 > Tri-City Mothers of Multiples celebrates 30 years

Tri-City Mothers of Multiples celebrates 30 years

By Philippa Slayton and Jessica Jakoby
Submitted By Sherri Rohde

No one is harder hit by the economic crisis than parents with small children. Imagine having twins or triplets.

With multiple birth rates growing dramatically over the last ten years, now more than ever parents with multiple children are in need of support. Groups such as the Tri-City Mothers of Multiples have been dedicated to supporting these parents and have adjusted their strategies to cope with growing demand.

Tri-City Mothers of Multiples was born 30 years ago thanks to the tenacity of six pioneering women. In spite of the tough demands placed on groups such as this one, it is a thriving nonprofit with nearly 100 members. The group is celebrating its anniversary with a party on May 6. Former members are invited to come, rekindle past friendships, and forge new ones.

The club has expanded services to include a preemies closet, low-cost breast pump, baby scale rental, a library of books and video resources, meals for new mothers and mothers in need, playgroups, the "Twinformation" newsletter, an online community, and most of all, emotional support for all the challenges this special parenting takes.

Special events throughout the year - such as holiday parties, mom's night out, ice cream socials, crafts, new moms' socials, back-to-school parties, and summer barbeques - help parents of multiples connect through fun activities.

Janine Montiel of Fremont, mother of 1-year-old identical twins and two other children, sums up her club experience with the following thoughts: "This club means more to me than just membership. These women are my sisters. They have been where I was, are where I am, and know where I am going. They give me the biggest feeling of belonging, and I am so grateful for their encouragement during those difficult first few months while my twins were home."

Tri-City Mothers of Multiples is about forming deep friendships and close bonds, but economic uncertainty has made it increasingly important for the club to leverage its resources and stay in touch with the changing needs of members.

"I joined a playgroup when my twins were just babies," says Club President Sheryl Ashford, mother of 5-year-old twin girls Lily and Lila. "We have been getting together on a regular basis for almost five years. Through the years, we have shared the joys and faced the challenges of parenting twins. This club has been a lifesaver."

Club dues are $32 annually and include membership in the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club. The group meets monthly and also organizes two yard sales a year, offering affordable children's clothing, toys, and equipment to members and the community.

All mothers of twins or higher order multiples are encouraged to visit Tri-City Mothers of Multiples online at www.tricitymoms.org or call (510) 888-4444.

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