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CARMBA – New and Expectant Parents Information Session

By Jurls - 15 March 2012 2

New and expectant parents of multiples are invited to attend a free information session to learn more about life with multiple birth children. The New and Expectant Parents Information Session is a service provided by CARMBA (Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association) to the community, thus membership is not required to attend the event. Topics for discussion include the unique features of pregnancy, birth and feeding multiples.

Time: Monday 26th March, 7pm – 9pm, Calvary Hospital
Email infosessions@carmba.org.au for more information.

Other Upcoming Events

Multiplay – Monday 19th and 26th March, 10am – Noon

Weekly playgroup for parents of multiples. Held in Queanbeyan during NSW school term.Come along and hear a talk from Kidsafe about child accident prevention.

RSVP to multiplay@carmba.org.au

Gungahlin Morning Tea – Monday 19th March, 10am – Noon
We’re really excited to add a Gungahlin morning tea to our calendar of events. We have a fabulous area rep who will be hosting these events.

RSVP to gungahlinrep@carmba.org.au

Walkie Talkies – Tuesday 20th and 27th March , 10am-11am
Come along with your walking shoes, pram and kids and join this great group for a walk and chat. Weather dependent event.

RSVP to hire@carmba.org.au

Kidsafe Talk – Tuesday 20th March, 10am – Noon
Come along and hear a talk from Kidsafe about child accident prevention.

RSVP to centralrep@carmba.org.au

Northside Morning Tea – Monday 26th March, 10am – Noon
Come along and have a cup of tea and a chat while the kids play.

RSVP to northsiderep@carmba.org.au

Children’s Clothing Swap – Saturday 31st March, 9am – Noon, Chifley YMCA Community Hall

“Swap” your pre-loved children’s clothing for “new to you” children’s clothes. All sizes accepted. See http://www.carmba.org.au/childrens-clothing-swap.html for details.

For details of more events, membership and other services please visit the website www.carmba.org.au

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CARMBA – New and Expectant Parents Information Session
carmba 10:06 am 02 Apr 12

peterh said :

Whilst i have twin sons, the biggest downer for CARMBA that i found was the lack of events for interaction on weekends, or after hours. I ended my membership after finding that most of the events were during the week and during business / school hours. After speaking to a few other ex-members, it became apparent that this was the reason for their leaving as well.

My ex was a southside rep, she organised events for parents to catch up and discuss how they were going, what problems they had with feeding, discipline, etc, and it was always a morning tea.

Maybe CARMBA has changed, but it was very mum centric when I was a member. There seems to be less focus on dads. Dads of multiples need help, advice and socialising, they need to make friends with people who know the trials and tribulations of raising multiple birth children too.

Hi peterh,

I’m the VP for CARMBA and mum to four year old triplets. We totally agree that there aren’t enough weekend events and we’re trying to improve that. Last month The Fun Day, held on a Saturday, had 72 families from Canberra and Region attend. We had a few weekend events in the second half of last year and have some more planned for this year. Unfortunately as the children grow up and start school there is a drop off in attendance due to sporting commitments. CARMBA is only as good as the volunteers involved, at the moment we have a fabulous Committee and lots of others involved in numerous ways. Yes, the volunteers are usually mums but we have a fabulous number of dads who are actively involved and we love it.

We totally agree that dads of multiples need help, advice and socialising and we have two dads who are the contacts for fathers. We’ve had two Dad social events in the last six months and look forward to having some more.

We’d love you to connect with us if you have the inclination, we have a great community on facebook or you can email me. Ali vicepresident@carmba.org.au

Thank you for raising these issues, feedback is important to CARMBA’s ongoing success.

Ali

peterh 3:26 pm 16 Mar 12

Whilst i have twin sons, the biggest downer for CARMBA that i found was the lack of events for interaction on weekends, or after hours. I ended my membership after finding that most of the events were during the week and during business / school hours. After speaking to a few other ex-members, it became apparent that this was the reason for their leaving as well.

My ex was a southside rep, she organised events for parents to catch up and discuss how they were going, what problems they had with feeding, discipline, etc, and it was always a morning tea.

Maybe CARMBA has changed, but it was very mum centric when I was a member. There seems to be less focus on dads. Dads of multiples need help, advice and socialising, they need to make friends with people who know the trials and tribulations of raising multiple birth children too.

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