Be Ready To Parent Twins: The First Year
By Louise Brown and Ella Rachamim
Parents & experts share their tips to help new parents of twins cope during pregnancy & the 1st year
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People say that nothing prepares you for parenthood. Now think of that unpreparedness… and double it.
The growing numbers of twin parents soon realise that the best people to speak to are others who have been there. Be Ready to Parent Twins is a no-holds barred guide to how to prepare and survive pregnancy and the first year. sharing the experience and expertise of Dr Ella Rachamim and twin buddy Louise Brown alongside first-hand accounts of many other parents they have surveyed, interviewed and met. However they managed, they’ve all been through it and are still standing and smiling (or lying down - give them a break, sleep deprivation is real).
“A fabulous book for any twin parent or parent-to-be. It is really accessible and comforting to read the words and advice of mums who have been there and done it all, especially when one also happens to be a paediatrician! Full of practical advice and experiential wisdom, I think my patients would really welcome this book.” Dr Ellie Cannon, GP, broadcaster, columnist and author of Keep Calm: The New Mum’s Manual
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The book takes parents through every stage highlighting what’s important for twin parents. There are personal insights into premature delivery, c-sections and natural births as well as breast and bottle feeding, routines, weaning and the reality of childcare options. Parents can dip into the chapter most relevant at each stage – essential when you are a very busy twin parent – but it would be a great read during the wait for those bundles of joy to arrive.
"It's real, funny, practical and full of tips. Written in "informed best-friend" style makes it a pleasure to read, much more than a reference book." Dr Sue Laurent, consultant paediatrician and author of Your Baby Month by Month
Even if this is not a first pregnancy, take a deep breath while Ella and Louise welcome you to a new world of seriously big bumps, tandem feeding and dealing politely with the army of strangers that say ‘double trouble?’ every time you leave the house.
There is no one way of raising twins, no sure-fire way to get them to feed or sleep, but we hope our book will support parents’ ability to cope and make choices that are right for their family for a happy start to an incredible journey.
10% of the authors’ profits will be donated to Homestart, a charity helping thousands of parents who need support - including many with twins or more.
"I would definitely recommend this book to anyone having twins." Clare Byam-Cook, trained nurse and midwife and author of What to Expect When You’re Breastfeeding … And What If You Can’t?
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Dr Ella Rachamim
As a paediatrician and mother of three including identical twins, Ella had been thinking for a while about writing a book on multiples, presenting a very practical perspective on how to manage two or more babies when you only have two hands. Louise approached Ella to co-write this book and she jumped at the chance.
In addition to her NHS work, Ella offers antenatal classes for parents expecting twins and paediatric first-aid courses. She also regularly runs accredited training days for childcare and health professionals on sleep in children, breastfeeding, reflux and allergies, post-natal depression and caring for multiples and premature babies.
A digital content and product consultant as well as parent of twins, Louise wanted to write a book that combined the wisdom of the crowds on Facebook (without trolls), the positivity of Instagram (without filters) and the knowledge and experience of her twin buddy, Ella. She hopes to save twin parents time and hassle and give them the faith in their ability to cope that her twin buddies gave her.
Once you tell people you are expecting twins or more you will be quite the centre of attention. During the final months you will be very tired, very large and may get a little bit tetchy with the repeated comments about your size and the arrival date. Get used to it, it only increases once they arrive. People take a lot of interest in twins and can ask quite private questions - one woman at a bus stop asked Louise “were they natural?” to which she replied with a blow-by-blow account of her vaginal birth only to realise she meant were they conceived by IVF.
But there is something remarkable and exciting about twins and the community seems to feel this. Once they are born, you will be stopped a lot and asked whether they are twins and how you manage and asked if they are identical or not and so on; be prepared and think about what information you want to share, and how politely to inform them, for example, that no, boy girl twins can’t be identical.
- 26th November 2019 Last chance for your name to be in the book (and to register to vote)
Quick! Tomorrow is the deadline for pledgers to be added to our list of supporters immortalised in the back of Be Ready to Parent Twins. We're well on the way to being published and we'd be delighted to add more names.
And just in case you're in the UK an even more important reminder that today is your last chance to register to vote.
Thanks to all who have supported so far - make sure you check…11th October 2019 Anyone need help? Plus our progress
Hey - a quick update! After submitting our final manuscript, we've just reviewed and acted on our first round of edits from the Unbound team so we're making good progress and were really pleased with the feedback and suggestions.
We also wanted to say again as the book might not be out for a few months if anyone needs help now or has questions they want answering please do contact ella@bereadytoparent…28th June 2019 94%! - one last push aka the Ring of Fire
The other day I told an appalled mother-to-be about “the ring of fire”, a colloquial name for how much your first ever final push stings and hurts like hell.
And here we are, thanks to our wonderful backers - and some awesome new pledgers this week - we're now at 94% so one last big push and our book will be out (resisting extending that metaphor too far for Ella's sake) and ready for…14th May 2019 10% off pledges this week only with code ALMOST
Thanks from both of us to a whole bunch of wonderful people we are over 70% and our goal is in sight! And thanks to the lovely people at Unbound we have a discount code this week for new pledgers - use ALMOST at the pledge checkout and you'll get 10% off!
Importantly, if you are a parent who is getting ready to give birth or already in your first year and have pledged or been gifted any of…6th May 2019 A great week for pledging - thank you! And maternal mental health
Thanks to all our new and existing pledgers, you have now got us two thirds of the way there! And a special mention to our small business supporters - we sincerely hope readers will benefit from your services and products (no slots left!).
Also, you may have been aware that last week was maternal mental health week, something we wanted to support awareness of and an area we of course cover in the…4th April 2019 THANK YOU for getting us so far - still over 100 pledges to go!
Thank you all SO much! We’re so close to being over the hump of 50% of our book funded in such a short space of time and over a hundred pledgers! Please keep pledging (or topping up your pledges) and sharing the URL - Facebook seems to work especially well for us and it will help us get the book out sooner to the parents who really need the book! Remember 10% of our profits go to Homestart, and there…21st March 2019 Nearly at 40% after just over a week and more gift pledges!
Being at nearly 40% after one week is so heartening for us after all the hours of work for this labour of love so a massive thank you to all those who have already pledged.
For new and early pledgers, also worth noting we have some great new gift pledge levels which we're delighted have already been taken up, which means we can pass on our knowledge and experience either to people you know, or…
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