Multiple-birth group now has room to grow

TAKE 35 families – 34 with twins and one with triplets. Now imagine another trio on the way and you’ve got the space problem facing the Ballarat and District Multiple Birth Association.

Previously based at Humffray Street South’s Eureka Centre, BDMBA president Karen Collum said the group had rapidly outgrown its premises.

“We’ve got 35 families and 100 kids,” Ms Collum said, adding the group was also for siblings.

So yesterday the BDMBA took up residence at its new home at the Russell Square Community Sports Centre.

“It was awesome,” Ms Collum said. “It was the biggest playgroup we’ve ever had, with 11 families and 23 children.

“It’s a lovely hall space and it can fit all of us and our prams.

“The Eureka Centre was great, especially with its outdoor play area, but we just outgrew it.”

Next week is Multiple Birth Awareness Week and the BDMBA plans to celebrate with an open day at its new premises.

It will include face painting, balloons and a free morning tea between 10am and 12pm.

Ms Collum said she considered it a “real privilege” to be the mother of identical twin boys, but it also had its challenges.

“It’s fascinating to watch them and noting their similarities and differences.

“There’s a real bond between them but they can be quite competitive at times.

“It’s about getting the balance between being a twin and being an individual.”

Ms Collum said she also initially found it quite confronting that the twins would look to each other first, instead of her.

“If my eldest boy did something wrong, he would look straight at me but they look at each other as if to say well done!”

ROOM TO GROW: Karen Collum with Hannah Collum and Ben, Ryan and Zara McRae

ROOM TO GROW: Karen Collum with Hannah Collum and Ben, Ryan and Zara McRae


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