Fellow Wangaratta mum Julie Lewis already had two daughters – Eliza and Brooke – with husband Mick before she found out at her 10 week ultrasound that she was expecting twins.
Now a proud mother to 12 year old fraternal twins Bridgette and Maddison, she said the news “was such a shock”, as the only history of twins in the family were siblings of her grandmother.
The twins’ arrival meant she had four children under five, and while the early years were “a blur”, the support of others was an immense help through the hard times.
Now in year seven, Maddison is an assertive athlete while Bridgette enjoys fashion and sport and is a “peacemaker” in the family.
And while the pair confess to some sibling rivalry, they are also firm friends.
Julie said that for those expecting twins or other multiple births, the key is just to do the best you can and accept offers of help.
“There’s no right or wrong, it’s whatever works for you,” she said.
Australian Multiple Birth Association’s Multiple Birth Awareness Week takes place from March 13-20, with this year’s theme being “leave no family behind”.
Families with multiples represent two per cent of the Australian population and families with multiple births are susceptible to a range of issues, including high risk pregnancies, premature birth, special needs, pre and post-natal depression, social isolation, financial hardship, schooling and identity issues, and issues with family relationships.
To find out more, or to find AMBA resources near you, visit www.amba. org.au.
SISTER ACT: Wangaratta mother Julie Lewis (centre) with her twin daughters, Maddison and Bridgette.