Help for parents with ?double trouble
By ADRIAN MILLER
THERE definitely seems to be something in the water at Grafton Base Hospital.
When three sets of twins were born within the space of a week in July, it was unusual.
But when the children were born to three workers at the hospital, well that is just amazing.
The first set of twins, Hannah and Erin, were born to Lynne and Mark Blundell on July 19.
They were followed by Molly and Bessie Dungey on July 24, the daughters of Louise Hankinson and Tyrone Dungey.
Then on July 26 came identical twins Sophie and Kate, born to Carissa and Jason Connors.
Mrs Blundell, Mr Dungey and Mr Connors all work together at the hospital where their children were born.
Since the births of their children, the three families have joined forces with Grafton's Early Childhood Centre (ECC) and Aruma Community Health Centre to start a support group for parents with twins.
ECC child and family health nurse Sally Coulter said the group would afford families the opportunity to meet and share their experiences.
"Having twins is like double trouble and to have support from other people going through the same thing is really helpful," she said.
"The group is basically one of support; a chance for a social outing and to get together."
For first-time parents Ms Hankinson and Mr Dungey, the group has proven to be invaluable.
"It's been great for us because it's great having help and knowing the things we've been through they've been through before," Ms Hankinson said.
The twins support group meets the last Wednesday of every month at Aruma Community Health Care Centre.
All parents with twins, or who are about to give birth to twins, are invited to attend.