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When Louise and Katrina discovered they were having twins, both had the same thought once they recovered from the shock: buy a book that explains what to expect in order to get organised and to prepare emotionally and physically for the anticipated upheaval to their lives. When they couldn't find such a text, they decided to write it themselves. Based on extensive research as well as their own and other twin parents' experiences of pregnancy, birth and twin toddlers, Katrina and Louise offer sound practical advice that is backed up by medical practitioners and health professionals where relevant. Detailed information with user-friendly explanations of medical jargon is peppered with amusing and moving stories of catastrophe, chaos and coping. There are at-a-glance hints and survival tips at the end of each chapter and easy-reference tables of information throughout. The number of multiple births is rapidly increasing due to IVF and the older age range of new mothers. More people are having twins (or multiples) than ever before. This is the book they have to have.
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Table of Contents

GLOSSARY: Explaining medical jargon and technical termsTWO HEADS: Finding outTURKEY PLATTERS + TOILET BOWLS: Being pregnantSAFETY, CUPBOARDS + COMPOST: Getting organisedWHY ARE YOU CRYING?: The birth + hospitalI'M COMPLETELY ALONE EXCEPT FOR TWO BABIES: Going homeTHE RIGHT SUPPORT: Breastfeeding16 BOTTLES SITTING ON THE BENCH: BottlefeedingBERT NEWTON IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND: MotherhoodDYNAMICS + DYNAMITE: Relationships at homeTHE BLURRY PERIOD: SleepingPREMMIES: Dealing with early arrivalsPLATITUDES: Losing a twinHECKLE + JEKYLL: The twin situationACTUALLY, THERE ARE THREE: TripletsWHERE TO GET HELP: Resources in Australia + New ZealandINDEX

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The first edition of this book, published in 2002, has sold 6000 copies. It is recommended reading at multiple birth centres across Australia. With a new chapter on triplets and updated information, this is still the only generally available text on having twins. In 2005, approximately 5000 births in Australia and New Zealand will be twins or triplets, suggesting a ready-made market in those who are pregnant or who have multiple babies or toddlers. In a similar way to Kaz Cooke's 'Up the Duff', the advice is honest and helpful, written by two women who know exactly what new twin mothers need t

About the Author

Katrina Bowman and Louise Ryan met at a South Eastern Multiple Birth Association (SEMBA) barbecue, bonded instantly, and within weeks were writing the book they wished they'd had when they were pregnant. Louise has worked in the book industry for sixteen years and is the mother of non-identical twins, Camille and Celeste, conceived through the IVF program and born in 1999. Katrina Bowman has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and over twelve years experience in the public relations industry. She is the mother of Charlotte and Ella, identical twins born in 2000. Both Katrina and Louise have been active members of SEMBA, and regularly speak at multiple birth conferences.

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