I wanted to write to thank you for supporting your charity through these difficult times. I also wanted to give you an update on the work we've been delivering to help all our families navigate this challenging spell, and how we're supporting the NHS.

Earlier, we published a blog for our families with younger twins, triplets or more which is packed full of tips on how to manage being in lockdown. This follows our earlier blog for families with school age children, which has now been read by hundreds of families.

In addition, we've developed a free webinar on ‘Parenting twins, triplets, or more in isolation’ to help you to try to maintain a positive household. Louise, who coordinates our support services, and Gemma, who visits families in need of support at home, will talk you through some strategies that could help prevent challenging behaviour from children. We know it can be tough, so we’re making this available for free to nearly 60,000 families across the UK. You can view the webinar recording here.

Our pregnant mums have said how worrying it is at the moment. To help our over-stretched maternity teams, we asked our expectant parents to send us their questions about pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. These questions were sent to Professor Asma Khalil, a Specialist Multiple Birth Obstetrician and she has answered as many of them as possible here. Watch Asma's video too, which has also been posted to our Covid-19 support page.

To try and help fill the national shortage of midwives and clinicians, because so many staff are self-isolating, we're encouraging all our research partners to pause what they're doing for us and to go back to the front line. 

We've adapted our Family Crisis Support service to provide remote support to mums who face looking after their babies on postnatal or neonatal wards without the support of their partner, due to current restrictions. The adapted service is also available for families when they return home from hospital and find that health visitors and community midwives are unavailable. This remote support can offer help with feeding, crying, bonding and bathing babies.

The Family Crisis Support service is also on hand to help families that no longer have their support system in place, perhaps due to grandparents no longer being able to help with the babies.

I hope the message that we’re still here for you is loud and clear. I’m extremely privileged to work with such a passionate staff and volunteer team. They've worked incredibly hard to adapt services to help our families in these unprecedented times.

I’d also like to extend my thanks to all our members and supporters. Without you, we certainly couldn’t have delivered all of these services for our families.

For those of you who are not yet members, please do consider joining us now. It’s a small fee each month and you would be helping your charity to help families with twins, triplets or more.

Making a donation to Twins Trust will also enable us to continue providing the vital support that's helping NHS staff to be where they're needed most. However you feel you can support this work, now and in the coming weeks and months, it is deeply appreciated.

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Sending best wishes to you all and your families, take care and stay safe.

Keith

Chief Executive, Twins Trust