Thank you so much for your gift and for celebrating this benchmark birthday with us! We have been honored and delighted to serve as a resource for support and information for you for 25 years. We have grown and changed a lot during that time and we’re looking forward to more. Please take a moment to let us know what you’d like to see MOST do next. Visit our birthday page and put your wish in the wish box.
Didn’t give your birthday gift yet? There’s still time. All gifts made before December 31st count toward your charitable giving for tax purposes. Visit our website or call 631-859-1110.
As part of our new year, new chapters theme this week, we wanted to share a terrific poem about teenagers by Linda Gober, grandmother of the Peake quadruplets and their sister. You can read it on our birthday page. Enjoy!
As 2012 draws to a close, we’re thinking about new chapters and new years. Maybe you’ve just joined the MOST family. Maybe you’re knee-deep in school issues. Maybe you are sending your children onto the next chapter of their lives, whether it be college, the military, or the working world.
For many multiples, it is the first time they will not see each other every day.
We asked some of our multiples “veterans” and their parents to tell us how they feel about being a multiple now that they’re older. Read their comments and celebrate MOST’s new chapter (25 years of service!) with a birthday gift.
At this time of year, we especially remember our lost angels, children who were taken from their parents too soon.
MOST provides a variety of support services to families who have experienced a loss to help them through their time of grief.
Visit our Memorial Page to learn more.
Parenting multiples isn’t always easy, but for families who have one or more children with special needs, it can be extra tough. To provide additional support for these families, MOST started a special needs program and private group on the Family Support Forums. Whether the child or children have medical challenges, physical challenges, or educational challenges, parents are welcome! To learn more about the program and read a message from the program’s first coordinator, visit our birthday page.
MOST’s Adopt a Family program is in its 14th year!
To read about how this wonderful program started and see this year’s listing, visit our birthday page.
The 2012 Adopt A Family list is online. You can help support a family or donate enough to support the whole family. Please consider donating ANY amount to help these children have a more cheerful holiday.
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, which is certainly true with multiples. The more helpers, the better!
A few years ago, Linda Gober, grandmother to the Peake quadruplets and their sister, wrote a terrific poem about being a grandmother of multiples and paying tribute to all the people besides parents who enrich a family.
MOST is honored to be a part of your village, and wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
If you were in the path of Hurricane Sandy, please let us know how you are doing! Our members and friends and ALL of your children are our primary concern at this moment. We have learned that some of our families have lost their homes, have had to relocate, are still without power (and expect to be for another week in this very chilly weather) and of another family that delivered their premature triplets during the storm only to lose each of their beloved babies due to severe prematurity. This is so terribly, terribly heartbreaking.
THANK YOU to all of the friends of MOST that have called or emailed to
We are now moving into our Natural Disaster Recovery Plan which we have instituted several times over the years. The last time we had a project of this magnitude was with Katrina. I believe that this is a MUCH larger population that we will be trying to get in touch with (most likely about 6,000 MOST families but I do not have a final numbers just yet). The MOST network of families might be able to help you. We will need additional volunteers to get this done and I will be reaching out to current and past MOST members and volunteers to see if they can assist in any way. So many of the areas affected do not have electricity or phone service so it may be a long process in just getting in touch.
We are encouraging families to make a full/extensive assessment of what has been lost- the best way to start is with TONS of photos. (We will have an additional tip sheet up on our website shortly.)
How you can help:
The fastest, easiest way for others to help at this exact moment will be for you to mail or order in our name gift cards to places like Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart/Target (for food, clothes and household items) or a donations to MOST’s discretionary fund so we can purchase items on behalf of families as needed. So far all of the families that have been displaced that we have been able to contact are with friends or families and not in shelters so no need for home at this moment. Here is what we did after Hurricane Katrina.
MOST uses our data to focus research, direct advocacy, and spotlight trends. The survey started back in 1998 and is one of the most comprehensive and extensive databases on multiple births in the world. In 2001, MOST presented the data at the International Society of Twin Studies conference in England. Check out the current statistics from the study and see how your family fits in.
Using data from the Medical Birth Survey, the Birth Weight Calculator was developed. This Calculator will estimate the weight of higher order multiples at birth. Ongoing research collaborations continue with various organizations, researchers and graduate students.
MOST appreciates the parents who have participated in the Medical Birth Survey!
After ten years of helping multiple birth families, MOST began a members-only email network. Members could join email groups for specific situations. The first group was for quads, quints, and sextuplets (QQS). Now higher order multiple birth families could communicate and help each other, even across the country. The QQS group and many others, like the military families and single parents group, are still active today! See all the groups on the MOST Family Support Forums
Denise Aymond had her quintuplets in 1992. By 1996, the number of quintuplet births in the U.S. had exceeded 80 for the first time. Read about Denise’s experience with MOST on our birthday page, and if you have quintuplets, donate $5.00 to MOST today
If you were watching in 1995, you would have seen us a lot! With the number of triplet or more births in America at nearly 5,000, media professionals were looking for experts to add background and facts to their stories. Media professionals, educators, social workers and researchers still turn to us for up-to-date information. See photos of MOST in the media on our birthday page or visit our Resources for Professionals page.
If you guessed 1993, you’re right! Brenna, Julian, Quinn, Claire, Ian, and Adrian were the first set of sextuplets born in the U.S. to survive. Luckily, MOST was there for their mom, Becki. Our QQS (quads, quints, sextuplets) Forum group is still a lifesaver for families like the Dilleys. For a brief update on the Dilleys, visit our birthday page. See our list of groups and join today’s discussions on the Family Support Forums or for more info on our Forus click here.
Periodically, MOST moms plan a weekend getaway to meet and share the joys and challenges of raising higher-order multiples. Having a fun, relaxing time without the kids is the goal! Besides learning about the chosen city, visiting landmarks, taking tours, and eating at great restaurants, we get to know each other.
It is wonderful to put a face to a name; it is like meeting old friends. Even if we have never met before! There’s always plenty of talking, hugging, crying, and tons of laughing with other families who know each other through MOST.
In 2011 we went to Minneapolis, MN. See more photos from past trips on our birthday page. Look for information about our next trip this winter. Hope you can join us!
What is your favorite memory of a MOST mom gathering?
In 1992, MOST represented premature and multiple birth families at FDA hearings on medications used during pregnancy. Advocating for quality prenatal care is still an important part of our mission. This past June, Executive Director, Maureen Boyle, was part of the steering committee of the National Premature Infant Health Coalition (NPIHC), which had its annual summit in Washington, DC. Read her report on our birthday page. MOST’s advocacy role is not limited to medical issues. See MOST’s policy statements on school placement, and media exposure and multiple births.