Having a child can be one of the most joyous yet challenging times in people’s lives. For the parents of twins, that joy is doubled, but so too are the challenges they face.
Portlaoise Multiple Meet Up is a support group for parents of multiples. They meet on the second Saturday and last Monday of every month, in various locations around Laois.
Jennifer Garde set up the support group after she gave birth to her twin boys.
“I got the idea because there was nothing like it in the general midlands area. Now parents come to us not only from Laois, but from as far as Tipperary, Offaly, Kildare, and Carlow,” she said.
The group operate like any other Mother and Toddler group, meeting in places that are child-friendly. Emo Gardens and Roll ‘n’ Bowl in Portlaoise is just an example of the places they’ve been recently.
Jennifer explained that having twins is completely different to having just one child.
“It’s double everything, from breastfeeding to spoonfeeding, and you get a lot less sleep at night.
“Multiple births often bring about complications such as prematurity and health and developmental issues.
“Women who have multiple births are also more prone to post-natal depression, because their hormone levels drop quicker than the average woman after the birth. This support group allows us to talk and help one another with any issues we face,” she said.
The group will meet twice in February, on Saturday 15 at Clown Around, Portarlington at 10am and Monday 24 at Roll ‘n’ Bowl, Portlaoise at 10am.
For more information contact Jennifer on 086 0406251 or visit their Facebook page.