Myrtleford Times - - REGIONAL EXTRA -

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.

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