Centre sees double with record number of twins

ON AVERAGE one in every 80 births across the nation result in twins being born.

This number seems to have jumped dramatically for Karana Downs Child Care Centre, which currently hosts a record seven sets of twins.

Centre director Janine Aggett said thankfully most of the siblings were easy to tell apart, with only two sets being identical.

"They all have very different personalities as well, whether they are identical or not," she said.

"It's quite funny. There are so many who are total polar opposites. It's definitely a first for us.

"I think it's nice for twins and siblings in general to be together. That's something we encourage here."

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Karana Downs Child Care Centre has been a record-breaking number of twins at the centre this year. Parents of the seven sets of twins at the community childcare centre say they are glad to have so many other mums and dads to talk to.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Karana Downs Child Care Centre has been a record-breaking number of twins at the centre this year. Parents of the seven sets of twins at the community childcare centre say they are glad to have so many other mums and dads to talk to. Peter Chapman

 

Amanda Grech, mother of 19-month-old twins Xavier and Bo, said it was good to have so many other parents in a similar situation.

"Just the other day I bumped into another mum with twins a little older than mine. She just gave me that look that said 'it'll be okay' because it's tough," she said.

"For such a small centre it's pretty amazing to have so many twins.

"I also joined the Ipswich Multiple Birth Association who are so supportive.

"I'd definitely encourage other local parents with twins or triplets as well as mums and dads expecting to have twins to get in touch with the group."

To get in touch with IMBA, visit imba.net.au



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