The Dulwich and District Twins Club (DDTC) is a support group run and funded by local parents of multiples for parents or carers across South East London. We offer a local community of support, advice and friendship. The DDTC organise expectant parents’ of multiples evenings at an East Dulwich venue which cover non -medical perspectives on pregnancy, birth and survival tips in the early days. We run a baby and toddler group in Herne Hill, summer meetings in Peckham Rye Park, winter meetings in Bread of Life café in East Dulwich. There are activities for older twins/triplets and siblings during school holidays. Nearly New sales are held twice a year and there are social events throughout the year. When you become a member you receive newsletters, can be linked with other families and much more.
For membership, information and contact details http://www.ddtwinsclub.org/join/
Multiple baby/toddler play groups:
- SE23 Twin playgroup Kilmorie Children’s Centre, Forest Hill Fri from 9:30am – 11:30am firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/se23twins
- Two tots & more parent & toddler group Ivydale Children’s Centre, Nunhead (Home-start Southwark service), Thurs from 9:30am – 11:30 email@example.com
Home-Start is a UK charitable organisation that offers support, friendship and practical help for parents from all different backgrounds with at least one child under the age of five and experiencing difficulty. Families can either be referred by an agency or can self-refer. Home visiting is the core service offered and a volunteer will visit families at home for 2/3 hours per week to support.
Family Information Services (FIS) exist in each borough and provide free information and guidance on childcare and children’s services.
Children’s Centres provide advice and support for parents and carers. Services are available from pregnancy right through to when your child/children go to reception class at Primary School. Many services are free including: access to midwives and health visitors, breast feeding support, advice on health and family matters, training and job opportunities, baby and toddler groups (sometimes a small fee). Your nearest children’s centre can be found on the FIS website in your local borough.
Community Health Visitors are registered nurses or midwives specialising in community health and offer support to families with children under five. Following discharge by the community midwife, the family is referred to the health visiting team and at least one home visit is made. Families of multiples can ask to continue home visits as attending baby clinics can be difficult especially after tricky births.
Useful numbers and websites:
- Twins & Multiple Births Association: www.tamba.org.uk / 0870 770 3305
- The Multiple Births Foundation: www.multiplebirths.org.uk / 020 8383 3519
- National Childbirth Trust: www.nct.org.uk
- NICE guidelines on antenatal care during multiple pregnancies: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG129
- Twin birth message board: link here
- ACAS – advice on employment rights for both maternity and antenatal care: 08457 47 47 47 www.acas.org.uk
- For Triplets+ Families: www.tripletconnection.org www.twinstriplets.co.uk
- Premature Babies: www.earlybaby.co.uk www.bliss.org.uk
- Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome: www.twin2twin.org
- Support with Crying Babies: Cry-sis: 020 7404 5011
- King’s Breastfeeding Clinic 020 7346 3833
- NCT Breastfeeding Line 0870 444 8708
- Breastfeeding Network 0870 900 8787
- La Leche League 020 7242 1278
Postnatal depression (PND)
- APNI: Association of postnatal illness help line 020 7386 0868
- Parentline: 0808 800 2222
- MAMA: Meet a Mum Association, helpline 0845 120 3746 Eves 7.00-10.00 Mon to Fri.
- Netmums.co has a message board
- ARC: Association of Relationship Counsellors, work with PND: www.arc-relationshipcounselling.co.uk 020 8299 0155