National Multiple Birth Awareness Month & Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway!

The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (www.nomotc.org) has declared April 2009 the first National Multiple Birth Awareness Month. The following information on their website explains why this month is so important:

“With the incidences of multiple births on the rise, more families are faced with both the joys and challenges that face multiple birth families when dealing with medical complications, both pre- and post-term, financial hardships, and other unique issues that only impact multiple birth children and their families. The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (NOMOTC), along with its local chapters and other national sponsors, want to focus on creating a higher level of understanding of what those challenges are, as well as what support groups are in place to assist our multiple birth communities…. For 2009, our focus/theme will be on educating our communities on the vast network of support groups that are available to assist families with multiples.”

If your multiples group would like to hold an event to educate parents of multiples, educators, medical professionals and/or the media about the needs of multiple birth families, please visit NOMOTC’s website for ideas, promotional materials, and more. If you’re looking for a local support group to join, you can also find a list of organizations on the site.

At the TwinsTalk website (www.twinstalk.com), we’re celebrating National Multiple Birth Awareness Month by giving away 4 copies of the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More! Just submit something you’ve written to the Articles, TwinsTips or TwinsTales section of the site during the month of April, and you’ll be included in 4 random drawings for the books. (Hint: The earlier you submit, the more chances you have to win!)

What should you write about? Tell a cute story involving your twins. Share a good time- or money-saving tip that has helped your family, or a favorite recipe! Write a book review about your favorite twins book! Just about anything goes, as long as it’s of interest to families with multiples.

Winners will be selected throughout the month of April 2009 from the qualified articles received.

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About Susan Heim

Susan M. Heim is an author and editor, specializing in multiples, parenting, women’s and Christian issues. Her books include "Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power"; "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More"; "It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence"; "Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons"; and, "Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year." Upcoming books include "Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family," "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women," and "Moms of Multiples' Devotions to Go." Susan's articles and essays have appeared in many books, magazines and Web sites. She is a member of the National Association of Women Writers and the Southeastern Writers Association, and has a degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Susan lives with her husband and four sons (two teenagers and twin grade-schoolers) in Florida.