Our Projects

Multiple Births Canada funds projects to fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for multiple birth individuals and their families. These projects will align under one or more of our pillars of support, education, research and advocacy. 

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CURRENT PROJECTS:

Chapter Assistance and Revival Project

Being a parent is difficult. Being a parent of multiples adds to the challenge and financial burden. Without the proper support, it can feel extremely isolating. This can have a devastating impact on the mental health of multiple birth parents and consequently, of multiple birth children. Currently, there are more than 10,000 sets of twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets born in Canada each year. There are more than 120,000 multiple birth children in Canada under the age of 13. Twins are 10x, triplets 30x and quadruplets 110x more likely to have cerebral palsy than a singleton. 58% of twins and 96% of triplets are born prematurely. MBC is the national charity that is a lifeline to these families.

MBC is launching a Chapter Assistance and Revival initiative. MBC is looking to take the financial burden off of local chapters to allow them to offer more resources to their members – helping the families who need it most. This initiative will provide local chapters with a greater ability to plan and execute localized community events that promote peer support, invite expert speakers to help their members mental and emotional wellbeing, expand the reach of chapters to help more multiple birth families, build chapter support in minority communities (Indigenous, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC), train and educate local chapter volunteers on running activities to enhance community involvement, and drive further engagement and support to multiple birth families.

The goal of the Chapter Assistance and Revival project will ultimately allow the volunteers that run chapters to offer more resources to their members instead of focusing their efforts on fundraising. This will put money in local chapters’ pockets to help their members throughout the parenting lifecycle.

In summary, as the multiple birth community is re-imagined, the Chapter Assistance and Revival initiative will be essential to keep chapters surviving and thriving, allowing them to improve the wellness and connection for all multiple birth families.

General Support Programs

Being a parent is difficult. Being a parent of multiples adds to the challenge and financial burden. Without the proper support, it can feel extremely isolating. This can have a devastating impact on the mental health of multiple birth parents and consequently, multiple birth children. Currently, there are more than 10,000 sets of twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets born in Canada each year. There are more than 120,000 multiple birth children in Canada under the age of 13. Twins are 10x, triplets 30x and quadruplets 110x more likely to have cerebral palsy than a singleton. 58% of twins and 96% of triplets are born prematurely. MBC is the national charity that is a lifeline to these families.

MBC’s General Support Program exists to support our four pillars of support, education, research and advocacy. There are many opportunities that arise, which require timely community assistance and advocacy projects that are desperately needed, however, often MBC lacks the funding required to put some projects into motion. For example, advocating for equitable parental leave benefits, providing support in the education system for multiples, translating research documents for our francophone community are all projects that require adequate financial resources. The General Support Program was established to have the funds available to take on these projects and be a leader in the parent community and deliver aid to families who need it the most. Given the Covid-19 pandemic, it became a reality that MBC needs to be prepared to act immediately when the opportunity presents itself. Having the General Support Fund will enable us to take on projects and give expedient support to the community at the moment it is needed.

In summary, as community is re-imagined, the General Support Program initiative will enhance wellness and the connection for multiple birth families. It is imperative that we raise awareness of multiple birth specific issues and effect change in ways that will improve the lives of multiple birth families.

 

COMPLETED PROJECTS: