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CANBERRA AND REGION MULTIPLE BIRTH ASSOCIATION
Amelia Haddock with her twin 5-year-old sons David and Jule, and husband Matthew.
Photo Elesa Kurtz
When Amelia Haddock had a routine
12-week scan during her first
pregnancy the last thing she was
expecting to hear was that she was
After confiding in friends and
scouring Google she discovered
Canberra and Region Multiple Birth
Association, a support network for
parents, grandparents, legal guardians
and expectant or adoptive parents of
twins, triplets and more.
"My first thought was, oh my god,
I need to talk to some people who
know what they are doing'," she
"Once I was out of hospital I went
along to one of the morning teas. I
remember somebody offered to help
me feed the boys, cuddling them and
giving me time out to have a hot cup
Since welcoming identical twin
boys Jules and David, now five, Mrs
Haddock has dedicated her spare time
to giving back to the organisation that
helped her navigate the daunting world
She is currently the liaison between
the Canberra club and the national
umbrella body, the Australian Multiple
Birth Association, after recently
finishing an "unexpected" three-year
stint as president.
"The biggest challenge has really
just been juggling life. I work, I have
a husband, I have beautiful healthy
kids but sometimes the wheels fall off
-- nothing would have happened
without the wonderful team of
Mrs Haddock said the club had
achieved a lot in the past few years
including a jump in membership,
delivering a number of new services to
support families of multiple birth
children, hosting a national convention
and celebrating the club's 40th
birthday last year.
But it was the simple joy of
supporting each other through the
journey of parenthood that shone
"It's just this incredible support -- to
know you're not alone.
"I think that's the biggest difference
we make in people's lives."
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT
Canberra Glassworks general
manager Beverly Growden
1The Hotshop at Canberra
Glassworks is an obvious one for
me. The artists work so effortlessly in
sync with each other and there always
seems to be new faces among them.
It's quite mesmerising to watch them
working the molten glass.
2Tidbinbilla is the most incredible
place. I was privileged to be taken
on a tour with Ngunnawal ranger
Adrian Brown last year which
provided a very special insight to the
place, its plants and animals. I've
done a few of the walks now
including Gibraltar Rocks. It
provides such an amazing experience
for visitors and it's so close to
3Lake Burley Griffin is very
special to me and is just so
Canberra. I enjoy a regular walk
around it from Canberra Glassworks
now. There are so many Centenary of
Canberra moments around its edges
-- great memories. And I love
popping into the national institutions
Early Learning Services
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