- Hurricane Sandy-Give Help and Receive Help
- Multiple Birth Awareness Week & MOST Research
- RSV season is here
- Adopt A Family
- Stories from the Heart blog
- MOST Family Forums
- MOST Membership
- Amazon and iGive
Hurricane Sandy – Give Help, Receive Help
Each day we continue to receive news about MOST families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Some, thankfully, are doing well. Others are having challenges. Please read this blog In Hurricane Sandy’s Path? and How to Help After a Disaster to see how you can help. One of our families needed gasoline to run their child’s ventilator, others will need to rebuild or repair. It will take MANY months for these families to rebound from all of the chaos, change, loss and anxiety caused by this hurricane.
If you know of any multiple birth family that needs assistance because of the impact of this storm, please contact the MOST office. Our volunteers, members and families are willing to help. We followed the same protocols as we did after Hurricane Katrina also and were happy to do so again. The biggest difference this time has been the enormous assistance we received via social media.
A big shout-out to our members and friends who gave to these families –food, money, time, delivery of needed items, and overall support!
Multiple Birth Awareness Week & MOST Research
The focus this year is “School Placement – To Separate or Not?” MOST has various articles and blog posts about this subject. Some families keep their multiples together, some seperate them, others change year by year. Some families have their multiples in different class years because that was what is best for their children.
Are your multiples separated in school? Share your experiences on facebook or the MOST Family Support School Age Forum.
Next week we will launching our latest research project related to this topic! Be sure to look for an email from us about how you and others can participate.
- Classroom Placement of Multiples blog post
- MOST’s Policy on Classroom Placement of Multiples
- Together or Apart Checklist for Parents and Teachers
- Articles from the MOST Supertwins Store
- Resources for Educators (good for parents too)
RSV season has begun
For otherwise healthy children, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) usually amounts to little more than a cold. However, for preemies and other at-risk infants (including multiple births), the health consequences can be much more serious. To avoid RSV:
- Have family members and caregivers wash their hands with warm water and soap before touching the babies
- Avoid being around the babies if you have a cold or fever
- Avoid exposing the babies to other children with cold symptoms
- Keep the babies away from crowded places
- Never smoke around the babies
- Talk to your babies’ primary care physician about RSV risks, and if your children are at risk, about medications available to prevent RSV complications.
- RSV resources on PreemieCare
- RSV Awareness Button for your blog
- RSV articles from the MOST Supertwins Store
- The Importance of Hand Washing MOST blog article
Adopt a Family
Adopt A Family (AAF) is gearing up! The list of families to be adopted will be posted soon. Thanks to your donations, MOST is helping families in need right now due to Hurricane Sandy.
Stories from the Heart Blog
- How to Help After a Disaster
- On the autism spectrum? Poll results April 2012
- Does Parenting Multiples Ever Get Easier?
- MOST Advocacy on Behalf of Multiples & All Preemies: NPIHC Summit, June 2012
Have an idea for an article you’d like to read about? Have an article to share? Please let us know. Here are some helpful links associated with the MOST blog:
- Put a blog widget on your blog, site, or profile
- Become a Guest Blogger for the MOST blog
- Subscribe to the Stories from the Heart blog RSS feed
- Place an ad on the MOST blog
MOST Forums The MOST forum has both public and member only sections. Visit the MOST Family Forums to read, reassure others or post your question!
- Public Forums: forums are open to anyone
- Member Only Forums: provide a more private section to post questions and concerns.
Holiday Online Shopping to benefit you and MOST!
Make your back to school shopping easier by buying online! At the same time you can help MOST. Lots of supplies, clothes and other items are available on Amazon.com. Or shop through iGive.com. There are many stores that will give a percentage of your purchase to MOST! Many stores participate including: Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, jcpenney, Macy’s and Staples.