NATIONAL MULTIPLE BIRTHS
MBC first initiated National Multiple Births Awareness Day (NMBAD) in 2005. It's celebrated annually on May 28, the birth date of the Dionne Quintuplets with picnics and events attended by multiple birth families in cities and towns across Canada. The story of the quintuplets is a bittersweet chapter in Canadian history, one of miraculous wonderment that provided much needed hope in the midst of the Great Depression and also one of extraordinary sadness as the girls were exploited by our government and kept at an emotional distance by their parents. Their story is one that continues to inspire our work to provide multiple birth families with the community of support they need locally while also educating and advocating on their behalf nationally.
First NMBAD celebration in 2005 at the Dionne Quints Museum in North Bay, Ontario
Local events hosted by MBC affiliate chapters for the current year will be listed here as they are confirmed. Check back closer to May 28 for more details!